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Report: Bird Strike Led to Naval Jet Crash
   2015-12-28 20:22:13    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Wang Kun

A photo shows the remains of the crashed naval jet. [Photo: guancha.cn]

The Chinese military has revealed some of the black box recordings from a fighter jet crash earlier this month.

CRI's Luo Wen with more.

 

The crash took place on December 17th near the city of Taizhou in Zhejiang.

Investigators say blood stains and bird parts found in the remains of the engine of the Jian-10 fighter have led them to the unmistakable conclusion the crash was caused by a bird strike.

They've determined a Mallard Duck, weighing around 1 kilogram, was sucked into the jet's engine when the aircraft was en route to its base after a nighttime training exercise.

This then put the plane into a spin at around 700 meters above the ground, and at a speed of nearly 400 kilometers per hour.

The plane's black box recorded the pilot and his co-pilot as the incident took place.

"The engine is down. The engine is down. We are redirecting to an open area and descending to 500 meters."

Chen Guoqiang was the captain. He says it all started with a sudden bang.

"When we were just 12 kilometers away from the runway, a loud noise went off. Then the warning lights in the cockpit started to flash immediately."

Huang Xiaogang was his navigator. He says they knew almost immediately that they had a problem with their engine.

"All screens turned black at the same time. So we were sure that the engine must have stopped working."

Captian Chen Guoqiang says their next concern was avoiding residential areas as their jet went down.

"The area on the left was bright. So I decide to turn to right while trying to keep the plane steady. I found a dark area there"

The plane eventually came down in a pool around 100 meters away from a residential compound.

In the end, the pilots survived after ejecting, and there were no casualties on the ground.

However, the incident is the latest in a growing number of fighter jet crashes, particularly as the Chinese military steps up its airforce training in hot-spot areas in the East and South China Seas.

For CRI, this is Luo Wen.

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