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Two Thai F16s crash during Cobra Gold

Two F16 fighters of the Thai air force taking
part in the Cobra Gold 2011 exercise crashed on Monday morning in
Chaiyaphum, but both pilots ejected safely, air force spokesman Monthon
Satchukorn said.
Wreckage oo one of the two F16 fighters crash in Chaiyaphum on Feb 14, 2011. (Photo by Sutthipong Settharangsi)
Air Marshal Monthon said the two F16s disappeared from radar at
10.20am. They were part of a flight of four F16s which took off from
Wing 1 of Nakhon Ratchasima to take part in the annual Cobra Gold
exercise.
he planes crashed into the forest near Tat Ton waterfall between Lae
Hu Kwang and Wang Phon villages in tambon Tha Hin Ngom in Muang district
of Chaiyaphum province.

The spokesman said air force commander
in chief Ithaporn Suphawong had ordered the Air Safety Division to set
up an inquiry into the crash.

AM Monthon said that the two fighters were first of of the 16 F16s bought from the United States in 2002 to have crashed.

It
was known what caused the crash. However, he did not believe the two
airplanes collided in mid-air. The pilots would not have been able to
eject to safety.

The two pilots – Group Captain Krisda Sukchan
and Flight Lieutenant Chatchanon Promdet – had contacted Wing 1 in
Nakhon Ratchasima and confirmed they are safe, AM Monthon said.

Search
and rescue helicopters and land vehicles had been sent into the area
near Tat Ton waterfall to find the pilots, who would be able to explain
what happened. 

Bangkok Post
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