Taizhou residents got quite the surprise last night when a fighter jet crashed into a local factory.
In a statement, Chinese Navy spokesman Liang Yang confirmed that a fighter jet of the East Sea Fleet had crashed into a sewing machine factory in Taizhou, Zhejiang province, at around 7:30 p.m., during a night training mission, CRI reports.
Yang added that the pilot had parachuted safely to the ground before the crash and there were no casualties reported. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
While fortunately no one was hurt, the plane crash did ignite a fire in the factory that attracted the eyes and camera lenses of locals. Pictures of the burning factory have since flooded onto Weibo.
The crash occured just after the Chinese military scrambled three fighter jets in the South China Sea on Tuesday as a US warship sailed within 12 miles of one of China’s largest artificial islands, in yet another operation countering China’s military buildup in the region.
For one reason or another, fighter jet crashes are nothing new in China, or even in the city of Taizhou. Just last December a PLA Jian-10 fighter tumbled down to earth during a night training exercise near the city, with both pilots ejecting safely. The PLA blamed the crash on “frequent nighttime training.”
Only a few months before, another Jian-10 fighter jet crashed near Shenyang, in northeastern China, again no casualties were reported. This time local media blamed the crash on the plane’s imported Russian engine while praising the pilot’s “outstanding solider’s conviction.”
In 2014, a fighter jet crashed right into the walls of a Chengdu property development, setting fires ablaze and injuring at least seven people
The year before that Chinese military authorities confirmed that two pilots had died after their plane crashed during a drill in Shandong province.
And in 2012, a military aircraft crashed to the ground in downtown Shantou, Guangdong province, destroying a house and severely injuring a young woman.
Practice makes perfect.
[Images via Weibo]