In a tragic incident, an Indian Air Force Jaguar has crashed in Kutch's Mundra in Gujarat. According to reports, the Jaguar was on a routine sortie from Jamnagar when the accident took place.
The crash took place around 10.30 AM. The Pilot, Air Cmde Sanjay Chauhan, was seriously injured and lost his life.
IAF has ordered a court of Inquiry ordered to investigate cause of accident.
The air force said in a statement Air Commodore Sanjay Chauhan had taken off from the airbase in nearby Jamnagar district.
“Today [Tuesday] morning a Jaguar aircraft on a routine training mission from Jamnagar crashed around 10:30 am. The pilot AOC Sanjay Chauhan sustained fatal injuries during the crash,” defence spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Manish Ojha said.
Residents of Beraja village in Mundra taluka found the debris of the aircraft and informed local authorities, including the police and the district administration. Some cattle have also been reported to be killed as the plane came down in a barren landscape.
A court of inquiry has been ordered into the matter.
Two air force pilots were killed in March after a microlight aircraft they were flying in crashed at Majuli district in Assam.
Later in April, an Mi-17 chopper crashed in Uttarakhand’s Kedarnath in April, injuring six. An IAF chopper also crash landed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Natha Top on May 23. However, all passengers and the crew were safe.