SKorea says 2 pilots presumed dead in plane crash

November 12, 2010 09:34

SEOUL, South Korea — A South Korean spy plane crashed Friday during routine training and its two pilots were presumed dead in the second military accident to strike the country while it hosted the Group of 20 summit of major economies, an air force official said.

South Korea was on heightened alert for possible provocation by communist neighbor North Korea during the two-day G-20 summit, but there was no indication of the North's involvement in either the plane accident or the sinking Thursday of a 150-ton naval vessel.The RF-4C patrol aircraft hit a mountain in Jeonju, 130 miles (210 kilometers) south of Seoul, around 12:30 p.m. (0330 GMT), about 40 minutes after taking off from a base in Suwon, just south of Seoul, the official said. He spoke on condition of anonymity, citing internal policy.

Two bodies believed to be the pilots were found at the mountain, said the official, adding that no civilian was hurt on the ground.

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