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MIG-27 crashes in WB; pilots ejects to safety

Last Updated: Friday, October 23, 2009 - 15:29

Kolkata/New Delhi: A MiG-27 fighter
aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed in a tea garden near
New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal on Friday but the pilot managed to
eject safely.

"The aircraft was on a routine training sortie from
the Hashimara airbase and crashed at around 1310 hours, nearly
15 kilometres from its take off base near near New
Jalpaiguri," IAF officials said.

The pilot, Flight Lieutenant Gautam managed to bailout
safely before the aircraft crashed, they said.

The IAF has ordered a Court of Inquiry to investigate
the causes behind the crash, they said.

This was the ninth accident involving an IAF aircraft
this year.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, October 23, 2009 - 15:29

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