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China navy plane on training mission crashes over Zhejiang: Xinhua

Published on Jun 6, 2014 4:48 PM

SHANGHAI (AFP) - A Chinese navy plane crashed on a training mission over the eastern coastal province of Zhejiang, the official Xinhua news agency said on Friday, but did not say if there were casualties.

The military plane crashed late on Thursday night in a mountainous area near the city of Yiwu, it said.

Xinhua said the plane belonged to the navy's East China Sea fleet while the military news channel of the Sina website quoted sources as saying the aircraft was a fighter-bomber JH-7 "Flying Leopard".

The fleet's area of responsibility includes disputed islands in the East China Sea, according to state media, which Japan administers and calls the Senkaku islands but which China also claims and names the Diaoyu islands.

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