UP: IAF’s Jaguar jet crashes; pilot manages to eject safely

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New Delhi: An Indian Air Force (IAF) Jaguar fighter aircraft crashed on Monday in Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar, about 322 kilometres from the state capital Lucknow, according to media reports.The Jaguar plane crashed into a farm and burst into flames immediately soon after it took off from the Gorakhpur Air Force base, reported news agency ANI.

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The pilot was ejected safely with the help of a parachute after steering the plane away from areas inhabited by people, added the reports.

“Today morning, a Jaguar aircraft while on a routine mission from Gorakhpur, crashed. Pilot ejected safely. A court of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate the accident,” a statement from the Indian Air Force said.

The IAF officials reached the crash site and created a periphery around the burning plane to keep local villagers at a safe distance.

An inquiry has been ordered to find out the reason for the crash.

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