Indian Air Force MIG-21 crashed in Budgam, Kashmir, 2 pilots and 1 dead

The military jet crashed under unknown circumstances. Both pilots as well as a civilian on the ground died in the crash. 

Some reports refer to a Mil Mi17 helicopter. 

According to various sources, the fighter jet was shot down by Pakistan Air Force.

An IAF aircraft crashed on Wednesday in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, killing at least one person, officials said. The jet crashed in an open field near Garend Kalaan village in Budgam at 10.05 am, the officials said.

The aircraft broke into two and caught fire immediately, the officials said, adding one body was seen near the site crash.

The identity of the deceased could not be confirmed immediately, they said, adding the fate of the pilots was not known.

Visuals showed the wrecked fuselage in flames and a large number of villagers standing around it.

The area has been on high alert amid warnings of retaliation after the air strikes by India yesterday.

As part of precautionary measure, civilian air traffic has been stopped at various airports. Airports in Jammu, Srinagar and Leh have been put on high alert. Flights to Jammu, Srinagar, Leh, Amritsar, Pathankot, Chandigadh, Dehradun and Dharamshala have been suspended till further notice. 

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