South Korea: 35 fighters crashed in decade

At first sight this could be Switzerland - and at second sight, no way! Those are South Korean rocks. and that's a South Korean Air Force F-5E Tiger in front of those rocks. Place to be: Wonju airbase, central South Korea. (Image © Elmer van Hest)
At first sight this could be Switzerland – and at second sight, no way! Those are South Korean rocks. and that’s a South Korean Air Force F-5E Tiger in front of those rocks. Place to be: Wonju airbase, central South Korea. (Image © Elmer van Hest)

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.

Source: RoKAF

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