Strong turbulence may have caused technical problems for the aircraft.

Royal Thay Air Force T-50 delivery delay
Royal Thay Air Force T-50TH met a severe turbolence that caused a dilivery delay

The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has announced that the ceremony organized to welcome the first two T-50TH Golden Eagle fighter training aircraft from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has been postponed. The ceremony was scheduled at the Takhli airbase in Nakhon Sawan province on January 12. According to RTAF statement, the KAI has notified that the two fighter jets met an extreme turbulence during their ferry flight to Thailand.

During the planned technical stop at the Kuantan air base, in Malaysia, pilots and technicians detected some anomalies and decided to request further checks. KAI has declared that it has delayed the delivery of the two aircraft to ensure a safe flight to Thailand.

The two T-50TH aircraft have left the plant at Sacheon, South Korea, on January 8, a day later than planned, due bad weather conditions.

According to Korea’s Yonhap News Agency, KAI received two separate orders from Thailand to build four T-50TH trainer jets worth US 110 million dollars on Sept 17, 2015 and eight T-50TH jets valued at US 260 million dollars in 2016.

The RTAF placed order for 12 T-50TH aircraft for training and supporting air striking mission, with the first two aircraft delivered in January and two more between April-May this year.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Images: Nattapart Jankrut

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