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Thu, 14 Nov, 2013 12:06:24 AM
FTimes-STT Report, November 14
Photo - Str / Lehtikuva.
Some 12 fighter planes of the Finnish air force got caught up with accidents in the air in the least 32 years resulting in the death of five.
The last victim was a 30-year old captain who was killed in a crash between two fighters during a training exercise at Salamajärvi area in Perho on Wednesday.
On September 28, 2006, an Air Force Academy Hawk crashed in Kruunupyy area, although the pilot managed to eject before the crash.
In another accident, the pilot was killed when an Air Force Hawk jet crashed in Siikainen area on September 1, 2004.
On March 25, 2003, another Air Command Hawk of Lapland collided with trees during an exercise in Salla. The trainee managed to eject just in time. 
On July 1, 1998, another Hawk jet crashed because a fuel error resulted in its engine to malfunction. However, both trainee and the instructor managed to eject.
One Air Force Hawk jet pilot of Karelia was killed on April 7, 1998, when the fighter crashed during an exercising battle in Tuusniemi.
Another Karelia Air Command fighter was damaged immediately after take-off from Rissala on December 5, 1989, but the pilot managed to escape.
A Hawk fighter of the Lapland Air Command crashed into snow in Kittilä on February 27, 1989. The pilot survived the accident.
On December 16, 1988, another accident took place in Pirkkala when a Hawk fighter jet of Satakunta Air command failed to land properly because of problems in the landing gear. That time too, the pilot was safe.
Another Air Force pilot was killed when a fighter of Lapland Air Command crashed and was completely destroyed during a flight cam exercise in Kemijärvi on May 9, 1986.
One Instructor was killed and another wounded seriously when a fighter of Satakunta Air Command crashed in Pirkkala on March 17, 1981.
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