Royal Thai Air Force Squadron Leader Dilokrit Pattavee was killed today when his Saab JAS 35 Gripen impacted the ground following a flyby at Hat Yai in Songkhla Province, Thailand during a Children’s Day celebration. The aircraft appeared to lose control during a maneuver and flew into the ground away from spectators.
The Ministry of Defense is investigating the incident. Both Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-ocha and the RTAF Air Chief Marshal Jom Roongsawang have expressed condolences to the pilot’s family.
The airport was closed following the incident, diverting flights to Krabi airport with outbound flights delayed.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Sqn. Ldr. Dilokrit Pattavee.
— Chiangrai Times News (@chiangraitimes) January 14, 2017