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Chinese military jet crashes into house; 3 injured

  • Associated Press
  • December 4, 2012 - 4:20 AM

BEIJING - A military jet crashed into a house in southern China on Tuesday, setting the building on fire and injuring three people inside, state media reported.

China Central Television said the pilot parachuted to safety before the crash Tuesday morning in Shantou city in Guangdong province. One of the four people inside managed to escape. The other three were hospitalized and one of them, a 26-year-old woman, was in critical condition.

CCTV said on its Twitter-like Weibo microblog that the jet involved was a J-7. The mostly retired fighter jet is a 1960s-era Chinese copy of the Soviet MiG-21.

Shantou city government's emergency office referred calls to its propaganda office, where calls rang unanswered. Calls to the Defense Ministry's news office also rang unanswered.

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