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South Korean Aircraft Crashes at Singapore Airshow

A South Korean Air Force KAI T-50 Golden Eagle aircraft has crashed at the Singapore Airshow, causing a runway closure and delays.

An aircraft of the South Korean Aerobatic team crashed in Singapore, closing one of the two runways at Changi airport and delaying schedules. The pilot escaped with minor injuries, according to Singapore media. The aircraft was a KAI T-50 Golden Eagle, flying for the Black Eagles aerobatic team.

The KAI T-50 Golden Eagle is a family of South Korean supersonic advanced trainers and light combat aircraft, developed by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) with Lockheed Martin. The T-50 is South Korea’s first indigenous supersonic aircraft and one of the world’s few supersonic trainers. Development began in the late 1990s, and its maiden flight occurred in 2002. The aircraft entered active service with the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) in 2005.

The T-50 has been further developed into aerobatic and combat variants, namely T-50B, TA-50, and FA-50. The F-50 single-seat multirole fighter variant was considered. The T-50B serves with the South Korean air force’s aerobatics team. The TA-50 light attack variant has been ordered by Indonesia. The Philippinesordered 12 units of the FA-50 variant. The T-50A is being marketed as a candidate for the United States Air Force’s next-generation T-X trainer program. Thailand ordered 12 units of the T-50 advanced trainer variant.

Five hours after the mishap, Changi Airport Group posted an update on its Facebook page at about 6.35pm to say that the damaged aircraft has been removed from Runway 1 and restoration of the runway has commenced.

“In order for flight operations to resume safely, the runway will be thoroughly checked and cleaned up to ensure it is safe and ready for operations,” the statement said.

The South Korean Air Force has launched an investigation into the cause of the accident as well as the potential damage caused, according to a report by Yonhap News Agency.

“I was sorry to hear about the incident with the Korean Black Eagles but glad the pilot is safe,” Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in a Facebook post.

 

Photo of the accident: Social media

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