S-Korean military chopper crashes; 2 pilots killed

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 23:01

Seoul: A South Korean military helicopter
crashed on Wednesday, killing two pilots a day after two fighter jets
crashed during a training mission, a police official said.

No one was hurt on the ground when the helicopter hit a
greenhouse in a rice paddy in Namyangju, 16 miles northeast of
Seoul, said police official Kwon Taek-jun.
Kwon said military authorities cordoned off the area and
were looking into the cause of the accident. He did not
elaborate.

Yesterday, three pilots died when two F-5 jets crashed,
prompting the Air Force to ground all such jets for safety
checks. They will be out of operation until inspectors find
the exact cause of the accident.
Other fighter jets will gradually start flying again
beginning tomorrow if there are no problems in safety
inspections.

The Air Force said it has about 170 F-5 jets deployed.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 23:01

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