Indian Air Force MiG-27 Crashes near Devalia village, Jodhpur state of Rajasthan – India
The MiG-27 had taken off from the IAF’s Jodhpur airbase. The plane was on a routine mission
The pilot ejected safely and was taken to a hospital in an IAF helicopter. Air Force officials arrived at the crash site and took away the pilot.
“A MiG-27 aircraft airborne from Jodhpur crashed during a routine mission today morning. Pilot ejected safely. A court of inquiry will investigate the cause of the accident,” Colonel Ghosh said.
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The Russian-made tactical strike fighter crashed within minutes of taking off from the Jodhpur airbase.
The IAF has ordered a court of inquiry into the crash.
The crash has not resulted in any casualties among civilians on the ground as the jet crashed on an open field.
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Jodhpur East, Amandeep Singh Kapoor that the incident occurred in Dangyawas police station area and no loss of life or property was reported.
“Police rushed to the spot and cordoned off the area. IAF investigating team has also reached the spot,” he said.
Eyewitnesses said that they saw two fighter jets flying together, but one of them suddenly took a turn towards the open field and crashed near Devalia village in Banad area.
According to the eyewitnesses Sunil Bishnoi
“Two fighter jets were flying together, but suddenly one of them changed its course and took a turn towards the open area and crashed. We saw the pilot ejecting and he parachuted into the agriculture field,”
“We believe the pilot turned the aircraft towards the field in order to avoid the crash in a populated area,” he said.