Chinese military pilot Yu Xu was killed over the weekend after a problem during a training mission, Chinese media has reported. She was the one of the first female military pilots in the country and a member of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force’s “August 1st” aerobatic team. The team is the equivalent of the US Navy Blue angels and USAF Thunderbirds. Details on the incident are scarce, but reports indicate that there was a mid-air collision between at least two of the team’s J-10 fighter jets. Yu may have been struck by another aircraft after ejecting from her own. Authorities are investigating.
Our thoughts are with her family and friends.