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IndiaJaguar aircraft crashes in Rajasthan, both pilots safe

Jaguar aircraft crashes in Rajasthan, both pilots safe


Jaipur, October 3: A Jaguar aircraft of the Indian Air Force on Monday crashed in IAF's Field Firing Range in the Lathi area of Jaisalmer district in Rajasthan. Both the pilots ejected safely.

The aircraft was on a routine training sortie when the incident occurred at at Khardi-Dhani which is now IAF's Field Firing Range near the Indo-Pak border, spokesperson Lt Col Manish Ojha said. It took off from Jaisalmer and crashed around 1.45 pm.

A Court of Inquiry has been ordered, he said. The trainer aircraft crashed following a technical snag, IAF sources said.

Jaguar aircraft, a deep strike fighter plane, is capable of carrying nuclear payload.

Meanwhile, SHO of Lathi police station Mohan Lal said since the plane crashed on the barren land (sand dunes) no civilian was injured. The two pilots were immediately rushed to Jodhpur by a separate plane.

On September 10, a MiG-21 T-69 trainer aircraft crashed near Barmer, while on June 13, a MiG -27 aircraft of the IAF had crashed in a residential area of Jodhpur city. — TNS/PTI

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