Footage aired by China Central Television shows the jet sputtering and then nose-diving into a field as the pilot ejects from the cockpit and falls to the ground beneath an open parachute. That and other reports said Friday's accident occurred outside the city of Xi'an.
The reports identify the plane as a "Flying Leopard." Also known as the JH-7, the two-seater fighter is a stalwart of the Chinese military.
He Hui, a manager of one of air show organizer Xi'an Greenland Pico, says the pilot was unhurt and there were no injuries on the ground.