A FIGHTER pilot who survived the crash of his training jet has plunged to his death with a rescuer after a cord broke as they were being pulled up to a helicopter, a military official says. The pilot, identified as Rafael Durango, and an unidentified co-pilot had earlier ejected safely from their MK-89 Strikemaster before it crashed into a heavily jungled area near the Colombian border yesterday. Ecuadoran military officials said two helicopters were sent to recover them. But an air force official later said the rescue went awry as Durango and a rescuer were being lifted up to one of the hovering choppers. "A cord that was attached to a helicopter broke and the pilot and one of the rescuers fell, dying in the rescue operation,'' the official said.