The Hush Post| 14:35 am | one-minute-read
An Indian Air Force MiG-27 fighter jet crashed on Sunday morning in Sirohi, Rajasthan. The pilot has ejected safely.
The MiG 27 UPG aircraft flew from Uttarlai Air Force base in Barmer, experienced engine defect and crashed at around 11:45 am in Godana near Sheoganj in Sirohi. Sirohi is about 125 km from Jodhpur.
Preliminary reports indicate no loss of property or life on ground. A Court of Inquiry will probe the cause of the accident.
The MiG-27 is a Soviet era ground-attack aircraft that India bought in the early 1980s.
It was extensively put to use in the Kargil War in 1999, hitting hard targets in the mountains.
This is the third MiG-27 aircraft that crashed in Rajasthan in the last few months.
Last month, a MiG-27 fighter jet crashed in Jaisalmer. The fighter jet crashed on February 12 during a training mission and the pilot ejected safely above the Pokhran range.
Yet another MIG-27 crashed in September into a field in Deoria near Jodhpur minutes after it took off from the airbase. The pilot turned towards the field in order to avoid crashing into a populated area, eyewitnesses said. He too also ejected and parachuted his way to safety.