The Hush Post | 14:35 | One-minute read
A Jaguar aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) had a narrow escape in Ambala on Thursday. The aircraft which took off from the Air Force Station, Ambala for a training mission, had an encounter with a flock of birds immediately after the take-off.
The aircraft with two additional fuel drop tanks and carrier bomb light stores (CBLS) pods is a war-waging asset of IAF. On Thursday, while it had an encounter with the birds one of its engines failed.
#WATCH: On the morning of 27 June, an IAF Jaguar aircraft loaded with two additional fuel drop tanks & Carrier Bomb Light Stores
(CBLS) pods took off from AFS Ambala for a training
mission. Immediately after take off, the aircraft encountered a flock of
birds. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/hNJN0dzo26
— ANI (@ANI) June 28, 2019
Fortunately, the pilot’s prompt action saved the fighter jet and the lives of people as well.
“Despite one of the most serious emergencies staring in his face, the young pilot assessed the situation in a matter of seconds, jettisoned the two additional fuel drop tanks as well as the CBLS pods and went on to safely land the aircraft. His actions bear testimony to the highest professional standards of the IAF, resulting from extensive operational training,” the IAF said.
The professionalism and quick thinking of the pilot not only saved a war-waging asset but also the lives of the many civilians residing in the area adjoining the airfield, it added.