Chinese jet expert dies on aircraft carrier

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 26, 2012 09:30 hrs

Beijing, Nov 26 (IANS) A 51−year−old high−ranking official of a Chinese fighter jet research team died after suffering a heart attack on the country's sole aircraft carrier, state media reported Monday.

Luo Yang, general director of the J−15 fighter jet research team, and board chairman of Aviation Industries of China Shenyang Aircraft Corporation, died Sunday after suffering a cardiac arrest during a training mission onboard the ship in Dalian in Liaoning province, China Daily reported.

Recently, China successfully conducted flight landing and takeoff exercises with a new J−15 fighter jet on the Liaoning aircraft carrier.

The aircraft carrier was undergoing a series of sailing and technological tests, including J−15 flight exercises, after it was delivered to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy in September.

The J−15 has comprehensive capabilities comparable to those of the Russian SU−33 jet and the US F−18, military experts said.

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