IAF aircraft crashes in Kashmir, pilot ejects safely

The pilot managed to eject from the plane "just in time" and he was retrieved from the crash scene by an army helicopter.

Written by Adil Akhzer | Srinagar | Updated: August 25, 2015 5:09:24 am
A Mig-21 aircraft that crashed in Soibugh area in Budgam,  15 km from Srinagar on Monday. The pilot ejected safely and the crash did not cause any casualty. (Source: Express photo) A Mig-21 aircraft that crashed in Soibugh area in Budgam, 15 km from Srinagar on Monday. The pilot ejected safely and the crash did not cause any casualty. (Source: Express photo)

A MiG-21 Bison aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed near a village in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir Monday morning.
The pilot managed to eject safely from the aircraft.

A senior IAF official said the aircraft was on a routine training sortie and crashed shortly after it took off from Srinagar air base around 11 am.

According to Budgam police, the aircraft crashed into a paddy field very close to Soibugh village and skidded before getting entangled into the trees.

“The trees saved the entire village, otherwise there could have been a lot of damage,” said a senior police officer.
The pilot was immediately airlifted by a helicopter after he was found near the village.

A defense spokesperson said that a court of inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of the accident.

 

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