Air Force pilot killed in Gripen jet fighter crash at Hat Yai airport

An Air Force pilot was killed when his Gripen jet fighter crashed into the ground during an air show before hundreds of children and their parents at Hat Yai military airport.

The air show was performed to mark the Children's Day today.

The fatal incident happened about 9.40 am.

It was not immediately known the cause of the crash but the jet fighter was flying above the runway gathered by children and parents.

The plane burst in flame after it nosedived on the ground at the Air Force's 56th Wing based in Hat Yai.

The pilot Group Captain Dilakrit Pattavi died in the plane as he could not eject his seat out if the fatal plane in time.

The Air Force said it was setting up a committee to investigate into the actual cause of the fatal crash.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)