South Korean pilot dies in crash of military jet

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Photo -   Police officers search debris from a crashed aircraft on a mountain in Hoengseong, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. South Korea's air force says a pilot on its aerobatic team was killed when his jet crashed during training.(AP Photo/ Yonhap) KOREA OUT
Police officers search debris from a crashed aircraft on a mountain in Hoengseong, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. South Korea's air force says a pilot on its aerobatic team was killed when his jet crashed during training.(AP Photo/ Yonhap) KOREA OUT
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's air force says a pilot on its aerobatic team was killed Thursday when his jet crashed during training.

The T-50B aircraft hit a mountain in Hoengseong shortly after taking off, the air force said. The plane is a trainer jet flown by the military's Black Eagles aerobatic team. Hoengseong is about 70 kilometers (45 miles) east of Seoul.

Military officials found a parachute near the crash site but the pilot apparently failed to escape, the air force said. Authorities found the body of the air force captain inside the cockpit.

The cause of the crash was unclear.

Another Black Eagles pilot died in 2006 when his plane crashed during an air show. In June this year, the Black Eagles team won an award for best overall flying at an air show in England.

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