IAF Jaguar crashes in Rajasthan, pilots safe

An IAF Jaguar fighter jet crashed in Rajasthan`s Pokhran area on Monday, but both pilots managed to eject safely, an officer said.

New Delhi/Jaipur: An IAF Jaguar fighter jet crashed in Rajasthan`s Pokhran area on Monday, but both pilots managed to eject safely, an officer said.

The aircraft was on a routine sortie and had taken off from Jaisalmer, 400 km from Jaipur, when it developed a technical snag and crashed around 1.45 p.m.

IAF spokesperson Wind Commander Anupam Banerjee said a Court of Inquiry has been ordered into the incident.

On September 13, a Jaguar had caught fire during take-off from the Ambala Air Force Station. Aborting the take-off, the pilot made a quick exit from the aircraft and the fire was contained.

This was the second such incident in Rajasthan in less than a month. On September 10, a MIG-21 trainer version crashed near Barmer, over 525 km from Jaipur, but both pilots ejected safely.

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