Alpha Jet trainer pilot seriously injured after ejecting himself off in northeastern Thailand
Source: Xinhua 2017-02-15 17:56:37
BANGKOK, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) – A Thai air force pilot was seriously injured after he jettisoned himself from an Alpha Jet trainer plane in northeastern Thailand on Wednesday.
Air force spokesman Pongsak Semachai identified the pilot as Sukhothai Srisomsai, who was found lying on open ground in Loei province, about 520 kilometers northeast of Bangkok. Local villagers scrambled to send the injured pilot to hospital.
Sukhothai, who was flying as the second pilot, instantly ejected himself from the two-seater Alpha Jet plane as he was helping the first pilot, identified as Flying Officer Puri Chulapallop, with a flying exercise aboard the French/German-built trainer aircraft.
However, the trainee pilot stayed aboard and managed to fly the Alpha Jet plane safely back to Air Wing 23 in Udorn Thani province, where both air force officers are based, according to the air force spokesman.
Air force officers at the northeastern air wing are yet to investigate the possible cause which immediately made the trainer pilot jettison himself off, Pongsak said.
Last month, an air force pilot was killed when a JAS-39 Gripen jet fighter crashlanded at Hat Yai airport in southern Thailand during an air show watched by hundreds of children on the National Children’s Day.
The pilot, identified as Dilokrit Pathavi, did not jettison himself from the Swedish-made fighter which had immediately swooped down seconds before the crash.
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Dassault / Dornier Alpha Jet
The Alpha Jet was designed in the late 1960s to meet a joint Franco-German requirement for a jet trainer and light attack aircraft. It was seriously delayed by the formation of multi-national production programmes for both the aircraft and its two powerplants, so that although the prototype flew on 26 October 1973, the type did not enter service for a further six years.
The two original partners bought 350 aircraft. France received 176 E (Ecole, or trainer) versions while West Germany received 175 A (Appui, or attack) models equipped with an advanced nav/attack system, as well as a ventrally-mounted 27-mm Mauser cannon pod.
Exports of new-build trainers were made to Belgium (33), Egypt (Alpha Jet MS1 models), Ivory Coast (7), Morocco (24) Qatar (6), Nigeria (24) and Togo (5). Egypt later procured 15 MS2 attack variants with improved avionics that included a TMV630 laser rangefinder; seven MS2s were also supplied to Cameroon.
With the thawing of the Cold War and the transfer of German fast-jet crew training to the USA, the Luftwaffe retired its Alpha Jet fleet from 1992. Of these, 50 were supplied to Portugal in 1994, while Thailand received 25 in 2000 to replace OV-10 Broncos in the counter-insurgency and border patrol roles.
- Two-shaft turbofan engine
- Fully automatic control unit
- Modular design
- On-condition maintenance
- Rolls-Royce Deutschland (previously KHD)
- Safran Aircraft Engines
- Dornier-Dassault Alpha Jet
|Max. thrust||3,200 lbf|
|Max. diameter||23.6 in|
Engine data mtu.de
|Dimensions and weight|
|Wing span||9.11 m|
|Weight (empty)||3.3 t|
|Weight (maximum take off)||7.5 t|
|Engines and performance|
|Engines||2 x SNECMA / Turbomeca Larzac 04-C6 turbofans|
|Traction (dry)||2 x 13.24 kN|
|Maximum speed||1 000 km/h|
|Combat radius||670 km|
|Cannon||podded 30-mm DEFA cannon with 150 rounds|
|Missiles||provision for Magic or AIM-9 air-to-air missiles|
|Bombs||125-, 250- and 400-kg free-fall bombs, Belouga cluster didpensers|
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