Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Thai air force to examine cause of two crashed F16s

Air Vice Marshal Monton Satchukorn, spokesman of Royal Thai Air Force, said Tuesday that two committees were formed to investigate the cause of two crashed F16s.

One committee was assigned to examine the scene and collect evidence while another to interrogate two pilots. The committees will need some time for the investigation, according to Air Vice Marshal Monton.

As for the speculation that two F16 jet fighters might collided to each other, the spokesman said the committees would be responsible for fact finding.

One of the pilots said the engine malfunctioned for unknown reason.

Four F16s left a military base in northern Nakhon Ratchasima province for the annual Cobra Gold military exercise but at about 10:20 a.m. local time on Monday two of them disappeared from the radar system. Two jet fighters were found crashed in northeastern Chaiyaphum province at around 12:00 a.m. local time on Monday.

Two pilots were able to eject themselves safely and slightly injured.

Thailand acquired these warplanes in 2000 from the United States, which had decommissioned them. However, they should remain in usable condition for at least 15 years with proper maintenance.

Source: Xinhua

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