This is the horror moment a fighter jet pilot crashes and explodes in a fire ball today (Saturday) at a children’s air show.
Group Captain Dilokrit Pattavee, 34, was pulling death-defying stunts over the airprort when he suddenly lost altitude.
The Royal Thai Air Force pilot’s JAS 39 Gripen nose dives into the ground during the Children’s Day air show in Hat Yai, southern Thailand near the border with Malaysia.
Crowds scream in shock as a massive orange fireball erupts from the ground sending a plume of thick black smoke into the air at 9.27AM.
The pilot – who had only been married three years ago – did not eject and was killed instantly.
Stunned onlooker Penwipha Thuanthong said: ”It was scary. The poor pilot. I didn’t know if it was part of the show when he was flying towards the ground.
”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.”
A Royal Thai Air Force spokesman said they were investigating what caused the crash.
They added: ”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.”
Authorities closed nearby Hat Yai airport and flights were diverted to neighboring Krabi.
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-ocha expressed condolences to the pilot’s family.