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Crews recover pilot's body in South Korean fighter jet crash

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2017, file photo provided by South Korea Defense Ministry, South Korea's air force F-15K fighter jets drop bombs as they fly over the Korean Peninsula during a joint drills with the U.S. The air force said one of its F-15K fighter jets crashed Thursday, April 5, 2018, at a mountain in the country's rural south. (South Korea Defense Ministry via AP, File)
April 05, 2018 - 6:37 AM

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of - Searchers recovered the body of a South Korean pilot who was killed Thursday when his F-15K fighter jet crashed into a mountain in the country's rural south, the air force said. Workers planned to resume their search Friday for the co-pilot, who was also presumed dead.

It wasn't immediately clear what caused the crash or whether the pilots attempted to eject. The air force did not disclose their names or other details.

The air force said in a statement that the pilots were flying back to their base in the city of Daegu after an unspecified mission. It said no civilian injuries or property damage had been reported.

It took more than two hours for dozens of firefighters and rescuers to reach the wreckage on foot through heavy fog deep in the mountain, an official from the Chilgok Fire Department said.

An employee at a nearby golf club said he heard what seemed to be a series of explosions that also shook the club's building.

"The fog was very thick and we couldn't see anything clearly," said the employee at the Gasan Country Club, who said the crash site was in a mountain behind the club's fourth hole. "There were several bangs that went off between gaps of a few seconds."

The employee didn't want to be identified, saying he wasn't authorized to speak to reporters.

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