IAF trainer Jaguar crashes over Pokhran; pilots eject safely

52

An Indian Air Force (IAF) Jet Jaguar flying over Pokhran in Rajasthan crashed. The flight was a trainer aircraft with two pilots on board. Fortunately, no casualties were suffered. Both pilots have been ejected safely with minor injuries. A court of inquiry has been ordered regarding the reason behind the blast. More details in the case are awaited. As per NDTV sources, tragedy has been averted. News agency ANI has also confirmed that both the pilots on board have been evacuated safely.

Indian Air Force is reportedly dealing with a set of obsolete aircrafts which have lived their age. The set of MiG-21 which the air force uses for emergency transport, and is also listed in the set of combating planes, are said to be nearing their expiry dates. Several tragedies have been reported in the past couple of years, where air crashes have led to the death of pilots. Former members of the force have also expressed the need of phasing out the expired aircrafts and components. However, details are still awaited to ascertain the reason behind the crashing Jaguar today in Pokhran.