IAF AN-32 aircraft with 11 on board crash lands at Chandigarh airport

An IAF AN-32 transport aircraft with 11 people on board crash landed on Saturday night at Chandigarh airport but all are safe.

Chandigarh: An IAF AN-32 transport aircraft with 11 people on board crash landed on Saturday night at Chandigarh airport but all are safe.

The plane on a flight from Bhatinda also caught fire as it crash landed, official sources said. The blaze was doused by fire tenders at the airport.

No loss of life was reported, Defence PRO Pavitar Singh said. The incident happened around 8.30 pm, he said.

Official sources said a few people aboard the Russian-built aircraft are believed to have suffered minor injuries in the incident. The 11 people on board comprised a four-member crew besides the other passengers all of whom were IAF personnel.

IAF authorities have ordered a Court of Inquiry into the incident.

"Crash landing took place at Chandigarh airport. Everyone is safe," Pavitar Singh said.

An IAF spokesperson said in Delhi that the aircraft has been damaged.

He had said that the aicraft had a 'hard landing' and veered off the runaway. 

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