Brahmand NewsNext Article
Headlines

S Korea's spy plane crashes; pilots killed

Line Spacing+- AFont Size+- Print This Article

An unrelated poto of a RF-4C reconnaissance aircraft

SEOUL (AP): A spy plane crashed Friday during routine training and its two pilots were killed in the second military accident to strike South Korea while it hosted the summit of the Group of 20 major economies, an air force official said.

South Korea was on heightened alert for possible provocations by communist neighbour North Korea during the two-day G-20 summit, but there was no indication of the North's involvement in either the plane accident or the sinking Thursday of a 150-ton naval vessel.

The RF-4C reconnaissance aircraft hit a mountain in Imsil, 300 kilometers south of Seoul, about 40 minutes after taking off from a base in Suwon, just south of Seoul, the official said. He spoke on condition of anonymity, citing internal policy.

The pilots' bodies were found at the mountain, said the official, adding no civilians were hurt on the ground.

The air force temporarily grounded all aircraft except planes needed for essential patrol missions and was investigating the cause of the crash, the official said.

South Korea operates about 20 second hand RF-4C spy planes purchased from the US, according to South Korea's air force. The crash came a day after a South Korean navy ship sank after colliding with a larger fishing boat in waters northwest of the southern resort island of Jeju.

The G-20 summit, which wrapped up Friday in Seoul, placed a spotlight on security because North Korea has a history of acting provocatively when world attention is focused on South Korea.

Tags:

Line Spacing+- AFont Size+- Print Article

Other Related News

Exclusion of women officers in positions except staff assignments in Army 'indefensible': SC

The absolute exclusion of women from all positions, except staff assignments, in the Indian Army is indefensible and their blanket non-consideration for command appointments without any justification cannot be sustained in law, the Supreme Court held on Monday.

Upcoming Defence Exhibitions

BRAHMOS Missile Systems

Headlines

Brahmand World Defence Update 2020

Brahmand World Defence Update

Image Gallery