A MiG-27 fighter aircraft of an Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, due to a technical snag while carrying out a routine mission on Tuesday.
The pilot was able to escape unhurt, defence spokesperson Colonel Sombit Ghosh was quoted as saying by Zee News. The aircraft had taken off from the Jodhpur airbase before it crashed in the field.
The pilots avoided dense residential colonies and the jet crashed on an open field in Dewliya village near Banad, Ghosh added. A major accident was averted by the timely decision of the pilots, he said.
A fire brigade was sent to the spot. Several Air Force officers and police personnel reached the site.
According to the report, two-to-three fighter planes were flying when one of them was seen emanating smoke. It came down suddenly with a loud noise and the area was engulfed in thick smoke. The pilots were taken to a hospital in an air ambulance.
A court of inquiry will investigate the cause of the accident.
India has planned to base its first squadron of Rafale fighter jets in the eastern sector as part of policy to eventually build nuclear and conventional deterrence against China. The IAF has now already confirmed its plans for the first 18 Rafales to be stationed at the Hasimara airbase in Bengal from late-2019,
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