October 18, 2010 (by Asif Shamim) - A Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) F-16 on a training mission crashed in Tak province today, killing the pilot, said Tak Governor Samart Loyfa.
RTAF F-16A block 15 #40315 from 403 sqn is believed to be airframe that crashed today.
According to RTAF
spokeman Monthon Satchukorn , the aircraft (#40315
) was flying as part of a four ship training flight from Wing 4 in Nakhon Sawan to Wing 41 in Chiang Mai when it disappeared from the radar about 10:00h local time.
The body of Flight Lieutenant Thanikorn Luangrungwaree, 31, was found and recovered from the wreckage of the fallen jet.
Later reports indicate that the aircraft crashed near Den Mai Sung village in tambon Mae Salit in Ban Tak district. The remaining 3 aircraft were reported to have safely landed at Chiang Mai Air Force Base.
Villagers told police that the aircraft was on fire before the crash.
Meanwhile, RTAF Commander Itthiporn Supawong ordered the Air Safety Committee to inspect the crash site and investigate the cause of the accident.
Officials from Air Force bases in Phitsanulok, Chiang Mai and Nakhon Sawan had been instructed to retrieve the pilot's remains and the wreckage of the jet before sending the body for burial.