11 July 2024

The Thai Air Force pilot of a F5 fighter jet was injured after he ejected from his plane when it developed mechanical trouble and before it crashed into a rice field in Chai Badan district of the central province of Lop Buri yesterday.

The identity of the pilot has not been released, but he had been rushed to a hospital in the province after parachuting to the ground.

The jet from the 21st Air Wing was participating in the annual weapons firing competition in Chai Badan district when the accident took place at about 11am.

A team of Air Force inspectors has been sent to the crash site to collect evidence to discover the cause of the crash.

The US-made F5 jets have been in service in the Royal Thai Air Force for about 40 years and some of the fleet have been modified and upgraded.