AUGUST 1ST CHINESE AEROBATIC TEAM SOFFERED A FATAL ACCIDENT

Nov.12 - August 1st Chinese Acrobatic Team suffered a fatal accident during a training flight, losing aircraft number 09. 


Both pilots ejected. The front seat pilot landed with injuries but the pilot in the rear seat collided with another aircraft in the formation and died on impact. The other aircraft made a successful emergency landing. The casualty was Yu Xu, the first female pilot of August 1st, and one of four female combat aircraft pilots in the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF).
The accident occurred in Hebei province, a day after China's air force day, reported the South China Morning Post.
Chinese media reports said Yu, 30, was flying with a male pilot, who was able to eject from the plane but was injured.


Yu applied to become a pilot in the air force in 2005. Four years later, she became one of China's first 16 female fighter jet pilots, according to Xinhua News Agency.
The aerobatics team had earlier this month participated in Airshow China in Zhuhai, Guangdong province.
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