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A JH-7 FBC-1 Flying Leopard fighter bomber crashed during demo flight at Chinese Air Show 1410111

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World Air Force News - China
 
 
A JH-7 Flying Leopard fighter bomber crashed during demo flight at Chinese Air Show
 
A JH-7 FBC-1 fighter-bomber aircraft also know as Flying Leopard crash to the ground Friday, October 14, 2011, morning during an air show held for the 2011 China International General Aviation Convention in northwest China's Shaanxi Province, the executive committee of the convention confirmed at a press briefing.
     
Chinese Air Force bomber aircraft crash at Air Show in China
     

One pilot, who witnesses said suffered minor injuries, survived as he was ejected and parachuted out before the fighter jet fell at 10:47 a.m. after finishing its performance, while another pilot remained missing, said He Liang, a member of the convention's executive committee, at a press conference held Friday afternoon.

The organisers did not confirm what type of fighter plane was involved in the crash. The official Xinhua news agency said it was a two-seat, fighter-bomber Flying Leopard -- or JH-7 -- a model officially launched in December 1988.

But CCTV said it was a Xiaolong ("Fierce Dragon") fighter jet -- or FBC-1 -- which is the result of a joint Sino-Pakistani development programme that started in 1999.

According to the People's Daily newspaper, some 100 foreign and domestic planes are being shown at the air show, and around 30 aircraft are putting on displays.

Hungarian, Swedish, US and Lithuanian aerobatic teams have been invited to participate in the three-day show, which is expected to attract around 100,000 people, it added.