Air Force trainer plane crashes in Chiang Mai, killing the pilot

A Royal Thai Air Force trainer aircraft crashed in Sarapee district of the northern province of Chiang Mai while on a training flight today, killing the pilot and injuring a second officer on board.

The identities of the two airmen were not immediately released.

RTAF spokesman, Air Marshal Pongsak Semachai, said that the L39 trainer jet developed engine trouble while on a training flight over Sarapee district, forcing the pilot to eject.

However, he said that the pilot was found dead and the other officer was found slightly injured.

The trainer plane crashed into the bushes behind Wat Pa Poh in Sarapee district.

A team of RTAF inspectors was dispatched to the crash site to collect the wreckage for examination to determine the exact cause of the crash.

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