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2 Pilots Eject from K-8 During Air Show
Pilots experience a technical malfunction with their aircraft and are forced to eject seconds before the fighter hits the ground. A Cougar helicopter trying to rescue the pilots also crashed shortly after. Skip to the 1:00 mark to get to the action. Report: CARACAS, Venezuela -- CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) A Chinese-made training airplane crashed during an air force flying exhibition on Tuesday and the military helicopter sent to rescue the pilots also went down, authorities said. The two pilots in the K-8 aircraft successfully ejected before the crash and none of the crew of the Cougar helicopter were injured, authorities said. Venezuela's information minister, Ernesto Villegas, said the Chinese-made plane plummeted to the ground near a military parade at Libertador Air Base in the central state of Aragua. He said in a message posted on his Twitter account that the cause of the crash was mechanical failure and it occurred as pilots participated in an exhibition to celebrate the anniversary of Venezuela's air force. Venezuela's Air Search and Rescue Service announced that a Cougar helicopter also crashed during an operation to rescue the pilots. Read more at http://www2.wnct.com/news/2012/nov/27/plane-chopper-crash-at-venezuelan-military-event-ar-2815058/