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Cobra Gold: Two F16s crash in Chaiyaphum
« on: February 14, 2011, 05:43:44 PM »
Two F16s crash in Chaiyaphum

Two F16 fighters of the Thai air force taking part in the Cobra Gold 2011 exercise crashed on Monday morning in Chaiyaphum province but both pilots managed to eject to safety, air force spokesman Monthon Satchukorn said.

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 Cobra Gold exercise.

The planes were reported to have 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 Chief Marshal Ithiporn Suphawong had ordered helicopters and vehicles into the area to look for the pilots.

Both were reported to have ejected to safety before the planes hit the ground.

The initial reports said only one plane had crashed.

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Air force sets up F16s crash inquiry
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2011, 06:05:55 PM »
Air force sets up F16s crash inquiry

Air force commander ACM Ithaporn Suphawong has ordered the Air Safety Division to set up an inquiry into the crash of two F16 fighters in Chaiyaphum province on Monday morning, air force spokesman Monthon Satchukorn said.

Air Marshal Monthon said that the two fighters were first of of the 16 F16As bought from the United States in 2002 to have crashed.

It was not yet 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 has been sent into the area near Tat Ton waterfall in Muang district of Chaiyaphum province to find the pilots, who would be able to explain what happened.

AM Monthon confirmed that the two fighters were part of a flight of four F16s that took of from Wing 1 in Nakhon  Ratchasima  as part of the Cobra Gold 2011 exercise about 9am. The two fighters  and disappeared from radar at 10.20am.

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Re: Air force sets up F16s crash inquiry
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2011, 06:31:25 PM »
Air Marshal Monthon said that the two fighters were first of of the 16 F16As bought from the United States in 2002 to have crashed.

It was not yet 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.

The one that crashed four months ago they must have bought another year:



Quote from: Monsters & Critics
F16s are the main fighter planes in the Royal Thai Air Force, which has more than 30 of the aircraft.

The first fatal F16 crash occurred on October 18, killing one pilot.

That jet was flying with three other fighters from Nakhon Sawan province to Chiang Mai when it crashed due to weather conditions
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