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Czech Pilot Dies in Training Crash

Czech Pilot Dies in Training Crash

The pilot of the Czech subsonic one-seat L-159 military aircraft that crashed in central Bohemia, the western region of the Czech Republic, on Thursday afternoon was found dead in its wreckage, general staff spokeswoman Jana Ruzickova told CTK, the country’s news agency. A commission of the Defence Ministry in charge of air accidents will investigate the case, she added.

After similar cases, the planes of the type concerned are usually temporarily grounded. The single-engined aircraft, built by Czech manufacturer Aero Vodochody, crashed before 5:30 p.m. when returning from a training flight, Ruzickova said.

“The pilot, aged 34, died when training night piloting. He crashed into the ground,” Petr Lanci, commander of the Caslav air base, told the paper Mlada fronta Dnes.

For the complete story in the Prague Daily Monitor, click here.

Updated: November 24, 2012 — 10:37 AM

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