Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Body of pilot in RTAF Tak fighter jet crash recovered

TAK, Oct 18 – The body of an RTAF F-16 jet fighter pilot was found in wreckage Monday after a Royal Thai Air Force jet crashed in Ban Tak district of Tak province earlier in the day.

The body of Flight Lieutenant Thanikorn Luangrungwaree, 31, was found in the wreckage of the fallen jet after the RTAF F16 fighter disappeared from the radar and crashed into a mountain and then exploded in Den Mai Sung village of Ban Tak district.

According to the report, Flt Lt Thanikorn died instantly in the crash amid bad weather.

Meanwhile, Royal Thai Air Force Commander Itthiporn Supawong ordered the Air Safety Committee to inspect the crash site and investigate the cause of the accident. Officials from Air Force bases in Phitsanulok, Chiang Mai and Nakhon Sawan have been instructed to retrieve the pilot's remains and the wreckage of the jet before sending the body for religious rites.

Air Force spokesman Monthon Satchukorn said the pilots on Monday morning were on a training mission, flying four RTAF F16 fighters from Nakhon Sawan to Chiang Mai.

During the training flight, the fighter piloted by Flt Lt Thanikorn crashed in Tak province, while the three other aircraft landed safely at Chiang Mai Air Force Base.

Eighteen Air Force F16 fighter jets have been stationed and used at Nakhon Sawan Air Force Base of Takhli district since 1996. Aircraft mechanics usually conduct maintenance and safety checks as scheduled. No accident has previously happened to this type of aircraft in the country. (MCOT online news)

No comments: