Jet crashes during children's air show in Thailand video

A huge fireball was created when the Thai fighter jet crashed at an air show.
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A huge fireball was created when the Thai fighter jet crashed at an air show.

A Thai Air Force pilot was killed when his plane crashed into the ground in a ball of fire at an airshow in Thailand.

Footage captured shows the JAS 39 Gripen aircraft taking a nosedive over Hat Yai airport, Metro.co.uk reported.

Group Captain Dilokrit Pattavee had been performing death-defying stunts when he suddenly lost altitude.

The 34-year-old was killed instantly when his jet crashed behind trees near the Hat Yai airport runway.

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Crowds watched the horrifying incident at an air show as part of an annual National Children's Day.

"It was scary. The poor pilot. I didn't know if it was part of the show when he was flying towards the ground," onlooker Penwipha Thuanthong said.

"But he didn't change direction then suddenly is killed. It was a tragedy. My children didn't know what had happened and I had to explain to them. He had been only married for a short time, life is just not fair."

Authorities are investigating the cause of the crash.

"The Air Chief Marshal would like to express his deepest sorrow at the events that occurred. The aircraft accident investigation unit and associated authorities in the area will investigate further to find out why this happened," a Royal Thai Air Force spokesman said.

Hat Yai airport was closed and flights were diverted to Krabi.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-ocha expressed condolences to the pilot's family.

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