IAF plane crashes near Chennai; Pilots safe
An IAF trainer aircraft crashed into a lake on the city outskirts during a routine training sortie but both the pilots ejected safely.
Chennai: An IAF trainer aircraft on Tuesday
crashed into a lake on the city outskirts during a routine
training sortie but both the pilots ejected safely.
The two-seater Kiran Mk II basic trainer aircraft, which
had taken off from the Air Force Station at suburban Tambaram,
plunged into the lake at Iyencheri village, about 30 km from
here in neighbouring Kancheepuram district, around 11 AM,
The pilots ejected safely but one of them suffered
injuries after he hit trees and lamp posts while descending
and has been hospitalised, they said in Kancheepuram.
Rescue workers pulled out broken parts of the aircraft
from the depth of 20 feet in the lake.
"A court of inquiry has been ordered to find out the
reasons for the crash," a Defence Ministry release said.