A MiG-27 aircraft of the IAF on Monday crashed in a residential area of the city, with the pilot ejecting safely. The aircraft was on a routine training sortie when it crashed at 1130 hours. There were reports of at least three people being injured.
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Two houses in the area where the MiG-27 aircraft crashed were reportedly damaged. Initial reports suggest it was a training flight.
The MiG-27 flight reportedly crashed near Jodhpur airbase soon after take off. Court of inquiry has been ordered into the incident.
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PTI reports that the pilot was on a routine training mission. He had reported a technical problem and sought priority landing.
The plane caught fire after the crash and fire fighters were rushed to douse the blaze.
IAF sources said the pilot had reported a technical problem and sought priority landing.
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However, as the engine had failed, he had to eject, the sources said.
Defence Spokesperson, Lt Col Manish Ojha, said, “The MiG-27 crashed at 1130 hrs. The aircraft was on a routine training sortie. The pilot ejected safely. A court of inquiry has been ordered to investigate the accident”.
The plane crashed adjacent to a house in an open area in Mahaveer Nagar, SHO Basni Police Station Rajesh Yadav told PTI.
The area has been cordoned off and police officials have reached the spot.