A British Lightning jet fighter crashed yesterday (Monday) while taking-off from Tengah Royal Air Force Base in Singapore.
A British Lightning jet fighter crashed yesterday (Monday) while taking-off from Tengah Royal Air Force Base in Singapore. The wreckage struck a cluster of wooden huts about half a mile (1 kilometre) from the base. The pilot was killed, and a Chinese farmer and his wife were injured.
The aircraft was on a routine training flight. The wreckage was spotted by a Naval helicopter which was carrying the British defence Minister, Lord Carrington, who is on a visit to Singapore. The helicopter landed to see if it could help with the evacuation of casualties, and air force and local firefighters and rescue teams rushed to the scene.
The farmhouse and several huts were set on fire by the crash, and the 60-year-old farmer and his wife were dragged from the blaze by people from nearby village. The man was taken to the Royal Air Force Hospital at Tengah, to be treated for burns.
This is the second fatal crash by a British Lightning fighter in the Singapore area this year. A Royal Air Force spokesman said an official board of inquiry would be set up to investigate the reason for the crash.