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Hungarian military pilot seriously burned in training flight

June 25, 2015

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s defense ministry says a military pilot has suffered serious burns after the engine of a training plane caught fire in midflight.

Chief of Staff Col. Gen. Tibor Benko said Thursday that the two pilots in the Soviet-made Yakovlev Yak-52 managed to land at the military air base in the city of Szolnok. The injured pilot, who was in the front cockpit and nearer the engine, was taken for treatment to the military hospital in the capital, Budapest.

This was the third incident involving Hungarian military aircraft since May 19, when a Saab Gripen jet overran the runway at a base in the Czech Republic. On June 6, the pilot of another Hungarian Gripen ejected from the plane after a crash landing on its belly because the landing gear malfunctioned.

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