South Korean Air Force pilot killed in F-5 crash: report

TEHRAN, Jan. 11 (MNA) – A South Korean Air Force pilot was killed in a F-5 fighter jet crash on Tuesday (Jan 11), officials said, a week after the country grounded its fleet of F-35s.

The jet crashed into a mountain in Hwaseong, about 50km south of the capital Seoul, according to military authorities.

The single-pilot on board failed to eject and was killed in the crash, the defense ministry said in a statement.

The air force said it was investigating the cause of the accident.

The F-5E is an older generation fighter jet with a design that dates back to the 1960s, CNA reported. 

Last week, South Korea grounded its entire fleet of advanced F-35 fighter jets, after one of them was forced to make a dramatic emergency landing after a major systems malfunction.

After the landing gear on the jet stopped working, the pilot chose not to eject and instead landed the jet on its belly, walking away without any injuries.

No further details have been released on the cause of the crash.

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