Cao Xian­jian,

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a Party del­e­gate to the 19th CPC Na­tional Congress, is a top car­rier fighter pi­lot. In an in­ter­view, Cao told the me­dia how he re­turned to the cock­pit af­ter a se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent.

On April 6, 2016, Cao’s J-15 fighter crashed into the sea due to a tech­ni­cal mal­func­tion. In a bid to save the jet, he missed the op­por­tune mo­ment to eject and sus­tained se­ri­ous in­juries when he fell into the sea. Af­ter he was res­cued, he spent 419 days re­cov­er­ing in hos­pi­tal.

Through an in­ten­sive re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram, he re­cov­ered sooner than ex­pected and man­aged to par­tic­i­pate in a qual­i­fi­ca­tion au­then­ti­ca­tion pro­ce­dure for car­rier-based fighter pi­lots on May 31. He passed the ex­am­i­na­tion with an ex­cel­lent per­for­mance, land­ing a J-15 fighter smoothly on the deck of the Liaon­ing air­craft car­rier.

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