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Indian Fighter Jet Crashes

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Rajasthan’s Barmer district was where the jet fighter went down, the pilot managed to eject safely before the crash which left debris over a radius of 300 metres.

The Fighter Jet was a MiG – 27 part of the Indian Air Force and the crash took place on Tueday 12/02/2013, the fighter jet was being piloted by Wing Commander Nishikant Singh who after ejecting was rushed to the Jodhpur’s Military Hospital. Pilot Singh’s condition was said to be stable and that he was in no danger.

The pilot was on a standard Indian Air Force operational flight and an inquiry is to take place as to what caused the crash of the plane which is from a Russian origin and now with the Indian Air Force. The flight was not long lived and lasted two minutes, the MiG-27 took off at 3.55pm from Uttarlai air base and by 3,57pm it had crashed 3km from the base. “The aircraft was on a routine sortie when it crashed near a hamlet, Allawani- Ki- Dhani, 30 km from Barmer, in the Western sector”, said defence spokesman Colonel S D Goswami.

Eye witnesses have reported that a young boy sustained injuries, although minor, which was inflicted through the debris which was sent in all directions, a house near the air base was also damaged. The appropriate authorities were informed by villagers when they saw the MiG-27 losing altitude and looking as if about to crash, due to the speedy reporting of the imminent danger, the fire brigade were able to reach the pilot and the crash site quickly and put out the fire.

The MiG-27 Jet Fighters have been controversial, as the Russian sourced air-crafts have seen quite a few crashes above twelve crashes since 2001.

It has been built by Hindustan Aeronautics after obtaining the license to produce the ground attack air-craft. The Indian Air Force refer to the MiG-27 as Bahadur (Valiant). The Air-craft is to be retired in 2017.

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