Breaking News: RTAF Gripen crashes at Children’s day air show Southern Thailand


Sqn Ldr Dilokrit Pattavee, 34, a pilot from Surat Thani-based Wing 7 was an experienced pilot with more than 1,000 hours flying F-16 before being selected to be a Gripen pilot and was training to be an instructor.

He was the eldest son of ACM Arom Pattawee, former deputy chief-of-staff of the Royal Thai Armed Forces. He was from Class 43 of the Armed Forces Preparatory School and got married in 2014.

The air force’s Facebook page also urged the public not to share video clips and photos of the crash out of respect for the victim’s family. 

Partly sourced from Bangkok Post

Pilot killed as Thai fighter jet crashes at air show

A Thai air force pilot has died when his fighter jet crashed at an air show during the country’s Children’s Day.

Amateur video footage shows the JAS 39 Gripen jet manoeuvring over the Hat Yai air base in southern Thailand when it suddenly lost altitude and crashed in a ball of fire away from spectators.

The Ministry of Defence is investigating the cause of the crash on Saturday.

Deputy government spokesman Werachon Sukondhapatipakerachon says Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha expressed condolences to the pilot’s family.

Children’s Day is usually observed with public outings at military bases.

This content appears as provided to The Globe by the originating wire service. It has not been edited by Globe staff.

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