Fighter plane crashes in Burma

Dec 18, 2007 (AP), A fighter plane crashed on Monday during a test flight in central Burma, killing the pilot, government officials said.

The plane crashed near an international airport in Burma’s second largest city of Mandalay as it was trying to take off, a government official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

He initially said a co-pilot was also believed to have been killed, but subsequently reported the pilot was the sole victim.

The official was uncertain, but he believed the pilot was the only person on board the plane, a Chinese-made A-7 fighter jet, which experienced engine trouble.

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