A Royal Thai Air Force Gripen fighter jet crashed today during the Children’s Day Airshow in Hat Yai, Songkhla province, Thailand.

Thai Gripen crash accident
Thai Gripen crashes

Jan. 14, 2017 - Sqn Ldr Dilokrit Pattavee was killed when the Swedish JAS-39C Gripen fighter jet crashed on a runway at Wing 56 air base during the air show at around 9.27 am while performing a ground attack simulation.

Bangkok Post reported local media that a fire engine rolled over on the runway while it was heading towards the area of the accident. The authorities have decided to temporarily close the Hat Yai airport.

The air force spokesman Pongsak Semachai said that a committee will be appointed to investigate on happened.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha offered his condolences to the family of the pilot.

The multi-role Gripen fighters are based at Wing 7 in Surat Thani, the only intercept jet fighter squadron in southern Thailand.

With the introduction of the Swedish fighter jet, Thailand has become one of the most modern air forces in Asia.

The RTAF has ordered 12 Gripen C/Ds to replace the obsolete F-5 fighter jet.

Written by Matteo Sanzani

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