A MiG-29 aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed near Jamnagar minutes after it took off from an airbase for a routine flying training sortie on Friday morning. The pilot escaped safely,sources said.
The plane KB739 took off from IAF airbase near Naghedi village,some 8 km west of Jamnagar city. But minutes into the flight,the aircraft reportedly developed a technical snag and crashed in an agricultural field of Amra village,some 25 km from Jamnagar at around 11.29 am.
The pilot,who was airborne on a routine flying training sortie,ejected safely. There is no reported damage on the ground to any civil life or property. A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate into the cause of the accident, an official release said.
Police said that the debris of the plane fell in cotton field of one Pravin Kanzariya of Amra and caught fire. The crash site is near Sarmat firing range of the IAF,sources said.
Soon,two fire fighters reached the spot and doused flame. The pilot landed near the crash site with help of a parachute and he was taken away in a helicopter by IAF, Jamnagar Superintendent of Police Niraj Badgujar said.
The IAF had set up a check-post at the crash site to remove the debris and that black box or flight data recorder (FDR) of the plane had been recovered.
This is the second MiG crash in Jamnagar this year. The IAF had lost a MiG 29 in a similar incident in June this year. In August 2012,nine IAF personnel on board two MI-17 helicopters were killed when they collided mid-air shortly after they had taken off on a training sortie.