Thai air force Gripen crashes at Hat Yai during Children's Day airshow

January 14, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

RTAF Gripen 70108 taxies out for the final time Hat Yai airport on 14 January with the late Group Captain Dilakrit Pattavi. Photo courtesy of Kitti Eaidkaew

What had been a horrifying sight for hundreds of spectators including scores of children, a Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) JAS-39C Gripen crashed in a ball of flames together with its pilot Group Captain Dilakrit Pattavi at Hat Yai airport in Thailand's far south. The Gripen had been performing at the local Children's Day airshow when it rolled over and nosedived into the ground.

This is the first loss of a Thai Gripen since the RTAF took delivery of its first jet in February 2011. The aircraft, serial 70108, joined the RTAF fleet on 5 April 2013. Pior to the accident, twelve of these had been in service with 701 Squadron, Wing 7, based at Surat Thani Air Force Base.


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