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27 April 2017 Last updated 10 minutes ago

One of China’s first female J-10 fighter jet pilots died during training

Chinese J-10 fighter jet pilot Yu Xu Chinese J-10 fighter jet pilot Yu Xu

Chinese J-10 fighter jet pilot Yu Xu, 30, died in a training exercise on November 12, 2016, according to the Chinese Air Force.

The accident occurred in north China’s Tianjin, when two J-10 fighter jets of PLAAF's Bayi Aerobatic Team crashed during the drill. One of the planes then plunged down and crashed near Yutian county in Hebei. Yu died when her parachute failed to eject.

Born in southwest China's Sichuan province in 1986, Yu was one of the first four female fighter pilots of China's People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF). She joined PLAAF in 2005 and was a pilot of the Bayi Aerobatic Team, which is affiliated to the Air Force.

People's Liberation Army Air Force spokesperson Shen Jinke offered condolences from the PLAAF.