A plane crashed Friday morning at about 10:40 during an air show in Pucheng
county, northwest China’s Shaanxi Province.
There are no reports of
casualties, but witnesses said they saw the pilot was ejected before the fighter
jet fell. Audience saw heavy smoke billow up at the scene.
The air show
is still going on. Emergency rescue wok has been carried out.
of the air show were scheduled to hold a press conference Friday afternoon to
announce the cause of the crash and the result of rescue operation.
fighter jet of FBC-1, also known as Flying Leopard, is manufactured by the Xi’an
Aircraft Industry Corp.
The air show is part of the 5-day China
International General Aviation Convention that is being held in Xi’an, capital
of Shaanxi Province, northwest China.
Only one parachute was seen opening, and the plane, a two-seater JH-7 “Flying Leopard” fighter-bomber, burst into flames upon crashing. The other pilot’s seat appeared not to have ejected.
The pilot who ejected suffered only minor injuries, but his comrade appeared to have been trapped in the doomed plane, the official Xinhua News Agency said, citing eyewitnesses and air show organizer, He Liang.
The plane crashed more than 1 mile from the nearest onlookers and there were no deaths or injuries on the ground.
The crash is being investigated and it wasn’t clear if mechanical problems or pilot error was to blame. The plane is powered by two highly reliable license-built Spey Mk202 engines and it was considered unlikely that both would have stalled at the same time.