China's first female pilot of J-10 fighter jet dies in flying accident

Ms Yu was a member of the August 1st aerobatics team.
Ms Yu was a member of the August 1st aerobatics team.PHOTO: CCTV NEWS/ FACEBOOK

HONG KONG - China's first female pilot of a J-10 fighter jet, Ms Yu Xu, died in a flying accident on Saturday (Nov 12).

The South China Morning Post reported that her plane plunged to the ground and she was unable to eject in time. Some reports in the Chinese media, however, said she managed to eject but hit the wing of another plane. 

The incident occurred in Hebei province, a day after China's air force day, reported SCMP.

Chinese media reports said Ms Yu, 30, was flying with a male pilot, who was able to eject from the plane but was injured.

Ms Yu, born in Chengdu, was a member of the August 1st aerobatics team. The team comes under the People's Liberation Army's (PLA) air force. She was one of a few female pilots who could fly domestically made fighter jets.

Ms Yu applied to become a pilot in the air force in 2005. Four years later, she became one of China's first 16 female fighter jet pilots, according to Xinhua News Agency.

The aerobatics team had earlier this month participated in Airshow China in Zhuhai, Guangdong province.