An IAF training aircraft crashed into an open field in Chamarajnagara district’s Bhogapura village in Karnataka. The two pilots aboard the jet successfully ejected using parachutes and are reported to have landed safely. No casualties have been reported at this time. Further details are awaited.
May 8 Crash in Rajasthan
At least three people were killed after an Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-21 fighter aircraft crashed near Hanumangarh in Rajasthan, during a routine training sortie on Monday.
The tragedy happened at 9:45 am today, following which the aircraft wreckage fell on a house in Bahlol Nagar in Hanumangarh District, unfortunately leading to the loss of three lives, the Indian Air Force said in a statement.
“The aircraft had got airborne for a routine operational training sortie from the Air Force Station at Suratgarh. Soon thereafter, the pilot experienced an onboard emergency, following which he attempted to recover the aircraft as per existing procedures. Having failed to do so, he initiated an ejection, sustaining minor injuries in the process. The pilot was recovered from about 25 kilometres North East of Suratgarh base,” the statement said.
The IAF said it regrets the loss of lives and offers its deepest condolences to the bereaved families, adding that an inquiry has been constituted to ascertain the cause of the accident.