Saturday, December 14, 2013

Chinese Shenyang Jian-8 (J-8) crashes in Zhejiang, pilot killed

Shenyang JZ-8F. Note the camera fairing immediately aft of the nose landing gear. (Chinese Internet)

BEIJING, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- A fighter plane crashed in Anji County in east China's Zhejiang Province at 7:11 p.m. on Thursday, leaving the pilot dead, according to the Ministry of National Defense.

The fighter aircraft, the Jian-8, was conducting night flight training when the accident occurred, the ministry said in a statement on its website Friday.

There are no casualties on the ground, according to the statement.

My notes: Judging by the location of the crash, the aircraft could be a Shenyang JZ-8F reconnaissance platform from the Nanjing Military Region's 93rd Brigade, based at Suzhou to the northeast of Anji County.

Another possibility is that the crashed aircraft was a J-8H interceptor of the 78th Brigade at Shanghai-Chongming, an island immediately to the north of Shanghai. (Map © Google )


  1. I guess making the Jet lighter and more agile means doing away with any ejection seat capability.
    Sucks to be a Pilot in a Nation of billions.

  2. The J-8 is equipped with a seat. What makes you think it isn't?

  3. Hmmmm, The part about the "PILOT BEING KILLED" stands out in my mind.
    Sarcasm Mike, just Sarcasm.
    I recall the Japanese Mitsubishi Zeke being flown with Samurai swords yet no parachutes or armor plate and had a brain fart.