VIDEO: IAF’s fighter aircraft lands successfully on Yamuna Expressway as part of trial run

An Indian Air Force aircraft landed on Yamuna Expressway on Thursday as part of trial run.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 24, 2017 1:57 pm
IAF's Mirage 2000 fighter aircraft lands on Yamuna Expressway (Courtesy: Sitanshu Kar/Twitter) IAF’s Mirage 2000 fighter aircraft lands on Yamuna Expressway (Courtesy: Sitanshu Kar/Twitter)

In A bid to create an alternative for emergency landing, the Indian Air Force on Thursday landed a fighter jet on the Yamuna Expressway.

This is the first time a fighter jet has landed on a civilian highway, and the move may prove crucial in case of war-like emergencies. A Mirage 2000 fighter jet landed on the highway at 6.40 am, with officials saying the capability of the highway to facilitate landing of heavier aircraft such as Sukhoi-30 MKIs and others can also be explored.


Initially, the aircraft made a practice approach on the runway by descending to a height of 100 metres, before landing in its next approach.

IAF, Yamuna Expressway, Indian Air Force, Mirage aircraft, fighter aircraft, fighter aircraft landing, IAF Yamuna Expressway Indian Air Force officers at the site before the landing (Photo Courtesy: Sitanshu Kar/Twitter)

“The capability was demonstrated by IAF on 21 May, 2015, by a Mirage 2000 aircraft which got airborne from one of the IAF bases in central India,” a statement by the IAF said.

The plan was under-development for months, sources said. Most recently, an IAF delegation led by Air Officer Commanding in Chief of Central Air Command K S Gill had also met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to discuss the move.

Officials said the smooth landing of the jet was made possible by the makeshift Air Traffic Control, rescue vehicles, safety services, bird clearance parties which were readied in a short span of time. “There are plans to have more such active runways for landing… In war/conflict situations, air force stations are the first targets. Such active runways facilitate the landing of fighter jets in war-like situations… The type of aircraft that lands on the runway is determined by the bearing capability of the road surface. Now that we have demonstrated the capability to land a lighter jet, a heavier jet such as Sukhoi-30 MKI, too, can be made to land,” said an official.

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  1. Vikas yadav
    May 21, 2015 at 2:24 pm
    Kudos to Air force....& UP govt too..another taj expressway is also be ready till air force will have emergency operational area starting from...Lucknow to naida approx 500 km...
    1. Virendra Sason
      May 21, 2015 at 11:58 am
      Welcome the trial for emergency landing.
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        Bhagwan Singh
        May 22, 2015 at 4:47 pm
        Good India
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          Bhoop Singh
          May 21, 2015 at 12:15 pm
          Great Indian air force.
          1. Reetmohinder Sekhon
            May 21, 2015 at 5:28 pm
            It's a dangerous and foolhardy thing to practice trying to land a plane on a highway! In a dire emergency a pilot may be allowed to use his judgement and take the calculated risk of landing his plane on a suitable road after ensuring the unlikelihood of causing any collateral damage during the desperate attempt.
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