Open verdict on NSF injured in jet crash
Elena Chong, Courts Correspondent
Tue, May 20, 2008
The Straits Times

A FULL-TIME national serviceman died 17 days later of blood poisoning due to extensive severe burns he sustained after he was hit by a crashing Taiwanese jet in May last year.

Lance Corporal Calvin Chow Han Min, 19, was a supply assistant attached to Hukou Camp in Taiwan when an explosion and huge fire killed two Singaporean national servicemen and injured several others on May 11 last year.

Two Taiwanese fighter planes were performing manoeuvres when one of the jets suddenly flew towards the training shed adjacent to one of the storehouses.

The soldiers from 6th Battalion Singapore Infantry Regiment on training there ran for cover.

The jet crashed into Hukou Camp, causing an explosion and a huge fire which burnt down two storehouses.

Pte Fan Yao Jin, 23, and 3rd Sgt Isz Sazli Sapari, 19, died at the scene. The pilot and co-pilot were also killed.

L/Cpl Chow and 3rd Sergeant Ramakrishnan Karthigayan, then 23, were severely injured and taken to a local hospital for further treatment.

They were evacuated here the next day and transferred to Singapore General Hospital where L/Cpl Chow died on May 28. Mr Karthigayan and the seven have recovered.

State Coroner Victor Yeo on Tuesday recorded an open verdict at a coroner's inquiry into L/Cpl Chow's death as there was no investigation report or disclosure of information from the Taiwanese authorities of how or what led to the crash.

Internal inquiries here found no evidence to suggest that the Singapore Armed Forces or any of its serviceman was to blame.


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