Royal Thai Air Force Pilot Killed in Crash During Cobra Gold


The wreckage of an F16 fighter lies in a forested area


LOP BURI – Royal Thai Air Force pilot Lieutenant Noppanon Niwasanon was killed, when his F-16 fighter jet crashed during a training exercise in a central province, an Military official said.

According to the Royal Thai Air Force spokesperson, the fighter aircraft, which belongs to the Air Force base in Nakhon Ratchasima, crashed during a training exercise in Chai Badan district.

The Lop Buri Office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation disclosed that the F-16 fighter jet crashed on a hill which is quite remote from residential areas. Search and rescue teams have been sent out to inspect the crash site.

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A piece of the F-16 fighter jet is found at the crash site in Khok Samrong district in Lop Buri

The cause of the crash, which took place near an air force training center, is under investigation.
The air force has about 50 active F-16s in three fleets. The jet that crashed was first used in 1988 and had undergone regular maintenance.

In 2010, another F-16A crashed near the Thai-Myanmar border during a training flight, killing the pilot. A year later, two F-16 planes taking part in a Cobra Gold exercise with the US crashed in northeastern Thailand but the pilots safely ejected.

The air force said the pilot’s body would be sent for a religious ceremony in his home province of Sa Kaeo.




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