Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Jaguar trainer aircraft crashed over Pokhran in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, on Monday afternoon, however, both pilots managed to eject safely.
The aircraft was on routine training sortie when the incident occurred in the area which is near the Indo-Pak border, defence spokesperson Lt Col Manish Ojha said.
A court of inquiry has been ordered, he said.
This is the second Jaguar crash within a month. Earlier on September 13, a Jaguar trainer aircraft caught fire during a take-off in Haryana’s Ambala. Then too, the pilot made a quick exit and a COI was ordered. The plane was scheduled to take part in a routine night flying mission.
On June 16, 2015, a Jaguar fighter aircraft crashed near Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, and both the pilots had managed to eject safely. The plane had taken off at 7:25 a.m. from the Bamrauli air strip in Allahabad and was on a routine training sortie.
The same year, another Jaguar aircraft had crashed near the Kurukshetra district of Haryana. Incidentally, this aircraft too had taken-off from same Ambala Air Base.