A MiG-21 fighter jet crashed into a house in Bahlol village of Hanumangarh district in north Rajasthan on Monday morning. In the incident three civilians have been killed. The aircraft had taken off from Suratgarh air force station and the pilot reported a technical snag soon after take-off.
Earlier there were reports of death of 2 civilians, but as per the latest information, three civilians have died in the incident that includes two women and one man as the plane crashed on their house. The pilot of the plane was ejected safely from the fighter plane, sustaining minor injuries. Rescue operation is underway, SP Sudhir Chaudhary said. An Indian Air Force helicopter was rushed to rescue the pilot who sustained injuries after ejection.
The aircraft took off from Suratgarh air force station and the pilot reported a technical snag soon after take-off.
IAF said in a statement, “A MiG-21 aircraft of the IAF crashed near Suratgarh during a routine training sortie. The pilot ejected safely, sustaining minor injuries. An inquiry has been constituted to ascertain the cause of the accident,” .
IAF said, ” The pilot experienced an onboard emergency, following which he attempted to recover the aircraft as per existing procedures. Having failed to do so, he initiated an ejection, sustaining minor injuries in the process. The pilot was recovered from about 25 k.m. North East of Suratgarh base.
#WATCH | Indian Air Force MiG-21 fighter aircraft crashed near Hanumangarh in Rajasthan. The aircraft had taken off from Suratgarh. The pilot is safe. More details awaited: IAF Sources pic.twitter.com/0WOwoU5ASi
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A large number of villagers gathered at the crash site and alerted the Pilibanga police.