Death of China’s first female J-10 fighter pilot Yu Xu sparks call for more training
The first Chinese woman to fly a ­J-10 fighter was remembered fondly on Sunday as a “golden peacock” after her death on Saturday in an air training accident. Yu Xu, 30, died when her double-seater J-10 crashed in Hebei province. Her male co-pilot ejected in time. Yu’s classmates described her death as a “shock”, with some observers calling for higher training standards for aerobatics pilots. Yu, born in Chengdu, ­Sichuan province, was one of the 35 women recruited as trainee pilots in July 2005.
Or, you know, higher standards. Apparently Hultgreen-Curie Syndrome is cross-cultural.