Five people died, and one person was injured after a plane engaged in cloud-seeding operations crashed into houses in Jianxi Province, China, Monday, March 1.
All five people aboard the aircraft died, while a resident of one of three houses affected by the crash suffered minor injuries.
According to Chinese language media reports, a twin-turboprop Beechcraft King Air 350 aircraft, registered B-10GD, belonging to Great Northern wilderness General Aviation Company (中國北大荒通用航空公司) crashed in a residential area of Ji’an County at 3:19 pm.
Reports in Taiwan media outlets cite Jiangxi Meteorological Bureau as the source of the information after a press release by the bureau released at around 9:00 pm March 1.
The company that owned the aircraft manages a fleet of more than 100 aircraft specializing in cloud-seeding, forest firefighting, aerial spraying, aerial photography, and aerial surveys. The company boasts being the worlds largest agricultural and forestry professional aviation company, according to the report.
China’s Sohu News confirms that the aircraft was leased to the Jiangxi Meteorological Bureau. Cloudseeding operations were being carried out as the area has been under drought conditions since October 2020.
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