New Delhi (Web Desk): An Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot was killed on Tuesday when the Jaguar fighter aircraft he was flying on a routine training mission crashed in a village in Gujarat’s Kutch district, Times of India reported.
The air force said in a statement Air Commodore Sanjay Chauhan had taken off from the airbase in nearby Jamnagar district.
“Today [Tuesday] morning a Jaguar aircraft on a routine training mission from Jamnagar crashed around 10:30 am. The pilot AOC Sanjay Chauhan sustained fatal injuries during the crash,” defence spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Manish Ojha said.
A court of inquiry has been ordered into the matter, he added.
#Gujarat: Wreckage of IAF's Jaguar fighter jet that crashed in Kutch's Mundra, the aircraft was on a routine training mission from Jamnagar. The Pilot, Air Cmde Sanjay Chauhan, lost his life in the crash. Court of Inquiry ordered to investigate cause of accident. pic.twitter.com/bGBiE2L53k— ANI (@ANI) June 5, 2018
Residents of Beraja village in Mundra taluka found the debris of the aircraft and informed local authorities, including the police and the district administration. Some cattle have also been reported to be killed as the plane came down in a barren landscape.