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Air Show Tragedy in Xi'an, China

2011-10-17 08:22 AM EST Last Updated: 2011-10-17 01:29 PM EST


An air show gone horribly wrong – a fighter jet nose-dived, plummeting to the ground, killing one pilot. The air show happened last Friday in the northern Chinese city of Xi’an.

Footage shows one pilot ejecting seconds before the crash. The other was not so lucky. There were no injuries on the ground.

The crash is being investigated. At this time, it’s unclear whether mechanical problems or pilot error was to blame.

The plane that crashed was one of China’s “Flying Leopards,” a mainstay of the Chinese air force. Typically, military accidents are hushed up by the state. But the public nature of the crash, combined with the wide Internet exposure the video footage received, made it impossible to keep a secret.


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