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Thai fighter jet crashes during drill; pilot’s fate unknown

/ 06:02 PM February 20, 2015

BANGKOK — The Thai Air Force says an F-16 fighter plane has crashed during a drill in central Thailand and the pilot’s fate is not immediate known.

Air force spokesman Air Vice Marshal Montol Suchookorn says the single-seat jet crashed Friday at the air force’s training ground in the central province of Lopburi.

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He says wreckage has been located but the pilot is missing.

Montol says the jet was first used in 1988 and has undergone regular maintenance.

In 2010, another Thai Air Force F-16A crashed near the Thai-Myanmar border during a training flight, killing the pilot. A year later, two F-16 planes crashed in northeastern Thailand but the pilots safely ejected.

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