A MiG fighter jet of the Indian Air Force crashed in a residential area near the Jodhpur IAF Base on Monday morning at 1130 hours. While the two pilots ejected safely, atleast three civilians were injured in the crash. According to the reports, two houses and few vehicles were also damaged.
The aircraft was on a training mission when the pilot reported a technical problem and sought priority landing. However, as the engine had failed, both the pilots had to eject and the aircraft went down about 5kms from the base, IAF sources said.
The area has been cordoned and police have reached the spot. The injured civilians have been taken to the nearby government hospital.
“There has been IAF Mig 27 crash close to Jodhpur Airbase, 5 kms from the Airbase. The aircraft was on a training Mission. Pilots have ejected safely. The reason of the crash has not been confirmed yet. However, a court of Inquiry has been ordered into the incident,” the Indian Air Force said in a statement.
MiGs are already on their way out with the IAF slowly phasing out the fighters still in service. The ageing jets were brought from Russia in 1960s and 1970s. They have undergone several upgradations during their tenure with the IAF.