Air force trainer goes down at Bhumibol Dam

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Air force trainer goes down at Bhumibol Dam

Post by PeteC » Wed May 23, 2018 2:07 am ... am-1-dead/ (Video at link)

TAK — An air force officer died after ejecting from his plane Tuesday while his co-pilot survived the impact.

Squadron Leader Kroekkiat Suwanno, 36, was found hanging from his parachute in a tree after his jet crashed onto the Bhumibol Dam Golf Course in the Sam Ngao district of Tak province. His co-pilot, Group Capt. Jirasak Namwongtri, 42, survived.

Rescue workers had to use a crane to retrieve Kroekkiat’s body.

Jirasak was found near the crash still in a pilot’s seat and rushed to the hospital in critical condition. His condition has since improved to stable.

Kroekkiat and Jirasak had been flying a Czech-made Aero L-39 Albatros training jet from the Wing 41 airbase in Chiang Mai down to Tak.

Witnesses saw the plane come down onto the golf course, followed by a large fire that made a big column of black smoke.
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Re: Air force trainer goes down at Bhumibol Dam

Post by RCer » Wed May 23, 2018 10:02 am

RIP. Always sad when a fellow airman dies in a crash.

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