One dead as Chinese fighter jet crashes into homes during training session

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Two J-7 fighters belonging to the Chinese airforce (Stock image) (AP)
Two J-7 fighters belonging to the Chinese airforce (Stock image) (AP)

One person has died and two others have been injured after a Chinese air force fighter jet crashed into houses during a training mission in central China.

State broadcaster CCTV said the J-7 aircraft went down near an airport in Xiangyang in Hubei province on Thursday.

The pilot ejected safely but some residential buildings were damaged, they said.

They were taken to hospital for examination and treatment along with two injured members of the public.

Footage circulating on social media showed a number of homes on fire following the crash.

The J-7 is a single-engine aircraft with its origins in the Soviet MiG-21 dating back to the 1950s.

Though production of the planes ended in 2013, large numbers remain in service to provide regional air protection.

The Chinese aviation industry has faced criticism following the unexplained crash of a China Eastern Airlines passenger jet on March 21 in which all 132 people on board were killed.

On May 12, a Tibet Airlines flight with 122 people on board departing from the city of Chongqing caught fireaway on the runway during takeoff.

There were no casualties but several passengers sustained minor injuries.

Australia and Canada have recently raised concerns about reckless flying by Chinese fighter pilots.

In a statement on June 1, the Canadian military said Chinese planes tried to divert a Canadian long-range patrol aircraft from its path – forcing the crew to change direction quickly to avoid a collision.

Australia said a Chinese fighter jet on May 26 committed a dangerous act of aggression against an Australian air force plane conducting aerial surveillance in the South China Sea.

The Chinese J-16 accelerated and cut in front of the Australian plane, releasing chaff with small bits of aluminum designed to confuse radars that was sucked into the latter’s engine, Australian Defense Minister Richard Marles said.

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