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Two Chinese fighter jets crash

Two fighter jets collided in northern China's Inner Mongolia region, but according to the state media the pilots survived with only minor injuries.

world Updated: Jun 25, 2008 17:21 IST

Two fighter jets collided in northern China's Inner Mongolia region Wednesday, state media and a local official said but the pilots survived with only minor injuries.

The collision between the two Jian-8 fighters happened during a drill near the Inner Mongolian capital of Hohhot, according to the Xinhua news agency, which said both pilots parachuted to safety.

Xinhua corrected itself after earlier describing the crashed aircraft as helicopters.

The site of the accident was confirmed to be 20 kilometres (13 miles) from the seat of Qingshuihe county, Xinhua reported, citing the fire department of Hohhot.

One of the planes exploded, leaving only the tail intact, according to Xinhua.

It said the two pilots sustained only minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital.