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2014-11-16 Sun 09:46
The People's Liberation Army Air Force has denied rumors of a Chinese fighter jet crashing during a recent test flight in western Shaanxi Province, according to a post on the website of the flagship newspaper People's Daily.
"It is a completely fabricated report and a rumor," the post cited military sources as saying.
The rumor surfaced online after a microblog entry claimed that a J10B fighter jet recently crashed during a test flight in Shaanxi, causing the death of the pilot.
According to the People's Daily website, military sources confirmed their knowledge of the false online report, which has been found to have been originally fabricated and posted by a Beijing-based website editor surnamed Pei and later spread inappropriately by other media.