IAF Tejas Light Combat Aircraft drops fuel tank midair near Coimbatore, lands safely at Tamil Nadu's Sulur air base

  • The fuel tank of an indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas combat aircraft fell during a training sortie by the IAF near Sulur air base in Tamil Nadu

  • The incident took place while the LCA was airborne

  • This is the second incident in the last one week where an IAF fighter plane has had to jettison its fuel tank

Sulur: The fuel tank of an indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas combat aircraft fell during a training sortie by the Indian Air Force (IAF) near Sulur air base in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday morning.

The incident took place while the LCA was airborne.

"Today morning at around 08:40 am, one fuel drop tank fell off from a Tejas aircraft on a routine sortie from Sulur Air Base near Coimbatore. The aircraft landed back safely after the incident. No damage was reported on ground. The cause of the incident is being investigated," the IAF said in a statement.

This is the probably the first reported incident involving an LCA Tejas aircraft ever since it was inducted into the Indian Air Force.

This is the second incident in the last one week where an IAF fighter plane has had to jettison its fuel tank.

Last week, a Jaguar had to drop its external stores including fuel tanks and practice bombs after a bird hit resulted in engine flame right before take off from Ambala air base.

The Tejas LCA is a supersonic, single-seat, single-engine multirole light fighter jet that has been under development since 1983 by state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

On 1 July, 2016, the LCA Tejas was inducted into the 'Flying Daggers' 45 Squadron of the IAF and has been placed to replace the MiG-21 aircraft.

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Updated Date: Jul 02, 2019 12:51:20 IST