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IAF trainer jet crashes near Baharagora border, pilots safe

Jamshedpur, June 3: A Hawk Advance Jet Trainer of the Indian Air Force(IAF) crashed in Jharkhand on Wednesday, an official said, adding that both pilots ejected safely.

The crash took place near Baharagora border, a small town in the East Singhbhum district of Jharkhand, around 50 km West of Kalaikunda air base in West Bengal.

The crash took place around 1.30 pm.

The two pilots ejected themselves out of the aircraft before it crashed, an official said, adding one of the injured pilots has been identified as Sachin.

The reason behind the crash is yet to be known and a Court of Inquiry has been ordered by the Air Force, they said.

Asit Panigrahi, Inspector General (DIG), northen range, said, “The accident took place between 1.20 PM and 1.30 PM. There is a logo of the Air Force in the aircraft.”

He said the fire on the aircraft has been contained. Additional District Magistrate Surath Mullick said two pilots had been traced to a place about two to three km away from the accident site. Both were found injured.

Both the pilots have been admitted to the district sadar hospital, he said.

A chopper from the Kalaikunda airbase has reached the accident spot, an official said.

Earlier on May 8, a MiG 27 aircraft had crashed near Alipurduar town in West Bengal following a technical problem.

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