JAIPUR: A MiG-27 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed in an agriculture field near Deveria village, 20 kilometers away from Rajasthan’s Jodhpur district during a routine mission Tuesday morning, but no loss of life was reported.
Two pilots ejected safely from the fighter aircraft and were taken to a hospital in an IAF helicopter after ensuring that the aircraft crashes in a non- populated area.
"A MiG-27 aircraft airborne from Jodhpur crashed during a routine mission today morning. The pilot ejected safely. A Court of Inquiry will investigate the cause of the incident," defence spokesperson Colonel Sombit Ghosh said.
The Russian-made tactical strike fighter crashed within minutes of taking off from the Jodhpur airbase.
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Jodhpur East, Amandeep Singh Kapoor said that the incident occurred in Dangyawas police station area and no loss of life or property was reported.
"Police rushed to the spot and cordoned off the area. IAF investigating team has also reached the spot," he said.
Eyewitnesses said that they saw two fighter jets flying together, but one of them suddenly took a turn towards the open field and crashed near Devalia village in Banad area.
"Two fighter jets were flying together, but suddenly one of them changed its course and took a turn towards the open area and crashed. We saw the pilot ejecting and he parachuted in to the agriculture field," said Sunil Bishnoi, one of the eyewitnesses.
Another eyewitness, Omprakash, said that he saw smoke emanating from the aircraft before it crashed. (With PTI inputs)