Indian Air Force Hawk trainer aircraft crashes near Odisha-Jharkhand border: Pilot ejects safely, enquiry ordered

An Indian Air Force trainer jet has crashed in Mahuldangri village in n East Singhbhum district in Jharkhand near the Odisha-Jharhkhand border on Tuesday.

FP Staff March 20, 2018 14:34:20 IST
Indian Air Force Hawk trainer aircraft crashes near Odisha-Jharkhand border: Pilot ejects safely, enquiry ordered

An Indian Air Force trainer jet has crashed in Mahuldangri village in East Singhbhum district in Jharkhand near the Odisha-Jharhkhand border on Tuesday. The pilot of the aircraft was injured and has been shifted to a nearby hospital, India Today reported.

The Hawk aircraft had taken off from Kalaikunda Air Force station in Kharagpur, The Times of India said. Local newspaper reports said that the crashed aircraft fell near Subarnarakha river on Odisha-Jharkhand border at around 12.45 pm.

Hawk is an advanced trainer jet.

Eyewitnesses said that the plane went up in flames after it crashed on the banks of Subarnarekha river and its debris lay scattered at the site, police said.

The pilot managed to evict in time but received some injuries following which the locals rushed him to Bahadaguda health centre for treatment, Odisha Sun Times reported. The reasons behind the crash are not yet known. A court of inquiry has been ordered into the accident, sources said.

A rescue team from Kaleikundua has reached the site in a helicopter to take stock of the situation, the IIC said, adding the trainee pilot was sent back in a helicopter.

Last month, two Air Force pilots lost their lives in a plane crash in Majuli in Assam on 15 February. The Microlight Virus SW-80 had crashed after getting airborne from Air Force Station Jorhat, for a routine sortie. The pilots attempted an emergency landing but the aircraft crashed in a sand bar in the northern part of the district and went up in flames.

With inputs from agencies

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