3 killed, 1 injured in midair collision of S. Korean trainer jets

SEOUL, April 1 (Xinhua) -- Three people were killed and one was seriously injured as two trainer fighter jets of the South Korean air force collided in midair and crashed in the southeastern city, Yonhap news agency reported Friday.

Two KT-1 trainer jets collided with each other during a training flight and fell to the ground in Sacheon, around 440 km southeast of the capital Seoul, at about 1:36 p.m. local time (0436 GMT).

Among the four on board the ill-fated jets, three were confirmed dead and one was seriously wounded.

No damage and casualty were reported from private houses near the scene.

The firefighting authorities allegedly dispatched two helicopters, 14 vehicles and 35 personnel to the scene for the rescue operation.

The authorities will investigate the exact cause of the accident.