South Korea has lost 35 fighter aircraft since little more than a decade, according to the official Republic of Korean Air Force (RoKAF) report sent to the parliament in Seoul.
Of the 35 crashed aircraft, 16 were of the aging McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II and Northrop F-5E/F Tiger types, with three F-5s crashing in 2010 alone. However, three thirds of the accidents were caused by pilot error, five by bad maintenance and only five because of a technical problem.
Meanwhile the RoKAF lifted the grounding of its 150 F-5Es and 34 F-5Fs after an earlier crash this autumn. Poor maintenance was the reason of that crash. The mostly under license assembled Korean Tigers are due to be decommissioned from 2017.