Two fighter jets crash in Sagu, killing three

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Local people look through the wreckage of a figher jet that crashed near Sagu in Minbu, Magway Region. Photo: Township IPRD.

Two Tatmadaw F-7 fighter jets crashed in Sagu in Minbu Township, Magway Region on 16 October, killing two pilots and a sixth-grade girl on the ground.
According to a statement from the military, four F-7 fighters from Magwe Airbase were taking part in the training exercise when the weather suddenly turned bad at about 6:20 a.m. It said two of the planes landed safely and two crashed, killing Captain Hein Thu Aung and Captain Phyo Maung Maung. On 16 October at 7:40 am, poor visibility caused one F-7 jet to fly into a telecommunications tower near about 500 yards northeast of Sarpwet Chaung Bridge, and the pilot is assumed to have jumped down with the parachute. The body of the pilot was torn asunder, said the Deputy Minbu Township Administrator.
In another incident, a Tatmadaw fighter jet also crashed near Thanatpin village, Saku Township around 7: 25 am. Both pilots were killed in the accidents.
Magway region chief minister and the security minister rushed to scene of accident while Ltd-Col Pyat Phyo from the Air Force inspected around the scene.
Near the accident area, a 10-year-old girl, who was studying at home, was hit by a piece of the plane which struck the tower. She died after arriving at hospital he added.



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