A military aircraft crashed to the ground in downtown Shantou, Guangdong Province, on Tuesday morning. The crash destroyed a house and severely injured a young woman inside, three other people in the vicinity also suffered minor injuries.
Details of the crash remain unclear, though initial reports suggested that the craft was a helicopter, state media reports talk of the pilot ejecting out and parachuting to safety, which would not be possible from a helicopter. The local fire brigade has since confirmed that crashed aircraft was a J-7 jet fighter, not a helicopter as CCTV news originally reported.
Four residents were trapped by the fire caused by the downed aircraft, one, a 26-year-old woman, was rushed to hospital with serious injuries. The fire raged for two hours until emergency services were able to get it under control.
The cause of the crash has not yet been determined.
[Photos: Weibo, Southern Metropolis Daily]