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When two Royal Thai Air Force F16s mysteriously fell out of the air yesterday, the cause the crash was obvious to some people: black magic. 

The wreckage of an F16 fighter lies in a forested area in Chaiyaphum province.

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Not black magic, Air Force says

When two Royal Thai Air Force F16s mysteriously fell out of the air yesterday into a forest in Chaiyaphum province, to some people the cause the crash was obvious.

It must have been black magic, they said. Thai F16s were spotted last Thursday near the Cambodian border and the Cambodians are known for their expertise in the supernatural, so the planes were probably cursed in some way.

Air force spokesman Monthon Satchukorn quickly brushed aside that rumour. "Do not believe in this sort of thing., “ he said.

“I can't see how the crash could be related to black magic. This is science: an engine problem perhaps, not superstition."

Air force commander Ithaporn Suphawong has ordered an inquiry into the crash.

The two fighter jets were taking part in the Cobra Gold 2011 exercise when they crashed. Both pilots managed to eject to safety.

Military personnel examine a wing of one of the two F16 fighters.

Air Vice-Marshal Monthon said the warplanes were part of a fleet of four one-seat F16 ADFs (air defence fighters) that took off from Nakhon Ratchasima at about 9am.

The ill-fated F16s lost contact with ground control at 10.20am and were later reported to have plummeted into the forest near Tat Tone waterfall, about 20km north of Chaiyaphum.

AVM Monthon said villagers who live near the waterfall alerted the authorities about the crash. Search and rescue helicopters and land vehicles were immediately sent to the area.

He confirmed news reports the pilots managed to jettison to safety.

AVM Monthon said details of the crash were not yet available as the authorities still had to interview the pilots.

He dismissed speculation the jets were involved in a mid-air collision. If that were the case, the pilots might not have had enough time to eject.
Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post by Wassana Nanuam.

wreckage – the parts of a vehicle or building that remain after it has been severely damaged ซากตึกบ้านเรือนที่ถูกทำลาย
black magic – a type of magic which is believed to use the power of the Devil in order to do evil  เวทมนตร์ชั่วร้าย
mysterious – not explained or understood; full of secrets น่าพิศวง, น่าประหลาด
obvious – clear; easy to see, recognise or understand ชัดเจน
spot – to see or notice สังเกตเห็น
border – the official line separating two areas, regions or countries  เขตแดน อาณาเขต
expertise – a high level of knowledge or skill ทักษะความรู้, ความคิดเห็นของผู้เชี่ยวชาญ
supernatural – caused by forces that cannot be explained by science สิ่งที่เหนือธรรมชาติ
curse – to say magic words which are intended to bring bad luck to someone สาปแช่ง
brush aside – to refuse to accept that something is important or true ไม่ยอมรับฟัง
rumour – a piece of information, or a story, that people talk about, but that may not be true ข่าวลือ
relate to – to be connected with something/somebody; to refer to something/somebody เชื่อมโยงกับ
superstition – the belief that particular events happen in a way that cannot be explained by reason or science; the belief that particular events bring good or bad luck ความเชื่อในทางไสยศาสตร์, ความเชื่อในผีสางเทวดา
commander – the head of an army or military unit ผู้บังคับบัญชา
inquiry – a question intended to get information about someone or something การไต่สวน
exercise – a set of activities for training military staff การฝึกฝน
manage – to succeed in doing something สำเร็จ,จัดการได้สำเร็จ, ทำได้สำเร็จ
eject – (of a pilot) to escape from an aircraft that is going to crash, sometimes using an ejector seat ดีดตัวออกจากเครื่องบิน (ขณะฉกเฉิน)
fleet – a group of vehicles, planes, boats, or trains, especially when they are owned by one organisation or person กลุ่มรถ, รถโดยสาร, หรือเครื่องบินที่อยู่ในบริษัทเดียวกัน
ill-fated – unlucky and unsuccessful, often resulting in death โชคร้าย
plummet – to fall suddenly; to suddenly become much lower ตกฮวบลง
alert – to tell someone in authority about a danger or problem so that they can take action to deal with แจ้งให้ทราบ, บอก
authorities – people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
search – to look somewhere carefully in order to find something ค้นหา
rescue – to save someone form a dangerous or unpleasant situation ช่วยชีวิต
immediately – happening right after something else with no delay; right away ทันที
jettison – to eject; to throw something out of a moving plane or ship ดีดตัวออกจากเครื่องบิน, โยนออก,
available – that you can get, find or buy มีอยู่, หาได้
dismiss – to refuse to accept that something might be true or important ไม่พิจารณา, ไม่สนใจ
speculation – ideas or discussion about why something has happened or what might happen คาดการณ์ ประเมิณสถานการณ์
collision – two or more objects hitting each other การชนกัน

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