Indian Air Force plane crashes in Odisha; pilot injured after ejecting himself

The Hush Post: An advanced Hawk trainer jet of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed near the Odisha-Jharkhand border on Tuesday. The trainee pilot, who was flying the plane, ejected himself before the plane crashed but he got seriously injured.

The IAF plane crashed in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha which falls near the Jharkhand border.

The trainee pilot who was operating the plane ejected himself safely but got injured in this process. The jet had taken off on a routine training sortie from Kalaikunda Air Force station in Kharagpur. An investigation has been ordered into the accident, TOI online reported on Tuesday.

It is pertinent to mention here that last month also a Microlight Virus SW-80 helicopter of the IAF had crashed in Assam’s Majuli island, killing two pilots Wing Commander J James and Wing Commander D Vats, it was reported.

In the Assam crash, the pilots attempted an emergency landing but the aircraft crashed in a sand bar in the northern part of the district and went up in flames, Tezpur-based defence spokesperson Lt. Col. Harshvardhan Pande reportedly said.

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