Navy jet crashes, kills 2 pilots

Elias Hubbard
March 14, 2019

A CHINESE navy fighter jet crashed during training on the southern island province of Hainan, killing two pilots, the defence ministry said.

The crash took place in Ledong county in the mountainous and heavily forested tropical province and the cause was under investigation, the navy said on its official Twitter-like Weibo microblog.

The cause of the crash is now under investigation.

Like the United States military, which has also witnessed a high number of accidents in recent years, plane crashes are not uncommon for the Chinese military.

Two pilots have been killed.

There have also been multiple accidents, some fatal, some not, involving the J-15, a derivative of a Soviet prototype that serves as China's only carrier-based fighter.

Beijing announced last week a 7.5 per cent increase in military spending to 1.19 trillion yuan (RM725.6 billion) in 2019, a lower rise than a year ago as the country faces an economic slowdown.

Although China has increased spending for its People's Liberation Army, today's fighter jet crash is not uncommon.

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