Fighter jet crashes in ball of flames as smoke billows from scene

A Chinese fighter jet has crashed near a collection of buildings.

The Sukhoi Su-35 came down in the southern province of Guangxi near the Taiwan Strait, which separates China and Taiwan.

Unconfirmed reports claim the jet was shot down by Taiwan’s air defence system after incurring into its airspace.

Dramatic footage shows the flaming wreckage of the aircraft, and the injured pilot lying on a stretcher.

Neither Chinese nor Taiwanese officials have provided details of the crash.

China bought 24 of the jets from Russia in 2015.

The single-seat, twin-engine aircraft have a top speed of 1,726mph and are capable of “super manoeuvrability”.

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