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SKorean military chopper crashes; 2 pilots killed

A South Korean military helicopter crashed today, killing two pilots a day after two fighter jets crashed during a training mission, a police official said.

world Updated: Mar 03, 2010, 22:11 IST
AP

A South Korean military helicopter crashed today, killing two pilots a day after two fighter jets crashed during a training mission, a police official said.

No one was hurt on the ground when the helicopter hit a greenhouse in a rice paddy in Namyangju, 16 miles northeast of Seoul, said police official Kwon Taek-jun.

Kwon said military authorities cordoned off the area and were looking into the cause of the accident. He did not elaborate.

Yesterday, three pilots died when two F-5 jets crashed, prompting the Air Force to ground all such jets for safety checks. They will be out of operation until inspectors find the exact cause of the accident.

Other fighter jets will gradually start flying again beginning tomorrow if there are no problems in safety inspections.

The Air Force said it has about 170 F-5 jets deployed.

ht epaper

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