Monday, 14 November 2016

China's first female jet fighter dies


One of China's first female fighter pilots and a member of the country's air force aerobatics team was killed in a training accident over the weekend.


 Chinese state-run media reports that Capt. Yu Xu, 30, died Saturday during a routine training flight with the aerobatics team.

According to China daily  captain Yu ejected from her aircraft after it collided with another during the training. It was after she ejected that the wing of another plane hit her killing her in the process.

Yu's male co-pilot ejected safely and survived, the report said. The other jet also landed safety.
The flight data recorder, or black box, from Yu's jet was recovered as authorities investigate the accident.

Yu was the first of four women who are certified to fly the J-10, a single-engine multi-role jet that entered service in 2004 and is considered the first Chinese domestic fighter to rival Western fighters in its capabilities.
 
She flew a J-10 fighter with China's August 1st Aerobatics Team. Her last performance was at Airshow China in Zhuhai earlier this month.
 
May her soul rest in peace.

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