外文标题：China says 2 pilots died in aircraft carrier tests
BEIJING (AP) — Two Chinese test pilots were killed during development of the country’s first aircraft carrier fighter wing, state media said, in a rare admission of problems with the hugely popular naval program.
The admission came in a report by the official Xinhua News Agency saying President Xi Jinping had signed an order awarding honorary titles to all pilots in the first squadron to conduct take-off and landing tests aboard the Liaoning, China’s only aircraft carrier.
“Two test pilots of the squadron sacrificed their lives during the tests,” the report said. No details were given.
The original Xinhua report ran Aug. 28, but went largely overlooked at the time. It was picked up by U.S. defense blogs and linked Friday to the blog of the U.S. Naval Institute.
Carrier flight operations are inherently risky, and the loss of two pilots is far from unusual. However, China’s military still operates under a shroud of secrecy and no deadly accidents relating to the carrier had been reported at the time.
China announced it had begun flight tests on the Liaoning in late 2012, spurring a wave of patriotic pride in the country’s growing capabilities. State television ran hours of footage of planes landing and taking off, while Internet users across the country posted photos of themselves recreating the carrier flight crews’ “all-clear” signal to the pilot.
RIP to dead
Is that means two of their newly built J15 crashed during these incidents??
RIP. It could be double seater as well but due to secrecy hard to guess.
acid rain （印度）
rip. How did they die? health issues?.
.Carrier operations are very dangerous indeed………..just ask the Americans, who have had tradgedies in the past on their carriers!
Why I can’t find any news in Chinese? Anyway，carrier training is very risky, hundreds of polits have died during carrier operations world wide. RIP heroes.
RIP to the brave pilots.
I think it’s time the PLAN pilots are sent to India for carrier flight training! After all, India has decades of experience in carrier flight operations….They have no one else to turn to!
Didn’t you guys learn from them aswell? N the British?
Crap! You got me there!!
cirr SENIOR MEMBER
There was no such report by Xinhua on 28.08.2104。
Our western friends must have based on their report on the following Xinhua report dated 28.08.2014：
in which it was mentoned that two test pilots died testing the old JH-7 prototype（see caption for panel #10）
Our western friends need to better their command of Chinese