IAF Mirage-2000 aircraft crashes in Madhya Pradesh's Bhind, pilot ejects safely
The Mirage 2000 aircraft experienced a technical malfunction during a training sortie in the central sector this morning.
An Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 fighter jet crashed in the Bhind district of Madhya Pradesh on Thursday morning. The pilot ejected safely, the Indian Air Force or IAF tweeted.
The Mirage 2000 aircraft experienced a technical malfunction during a training sortie in the central sector this morning. The IAF said an enquiry has been initiated to ascertain the exact cause of the plane crash.
The pilot ejected safely before the aircraft crashed in Mankabagh village of the district, Bhind Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar Singh told PTI.
The plane caught fire after the crash, he said, adding that the pilot was rescued.
The aircraft had taken off from the Maharajpura airbase at Gwalior in the morning, the official said.
The incident took place at Mankabad, an area that lies about 8 km away from Bhind district headquarters. As quoted by The Indian Express, Bhind SP, Manoj Kumar Singh informed that it was around 10 am when the police force had assembled at the Bhind police headquarters to commemorate martyrs and ceremonial parade was underway when they learnt of the incident.
“We informed the airforce and reached the site within 10 minutes as it was only about 8 kms away and gave the pilot first aid. An air ambulance came down and the pilot has now been flown to Gwalior for further treatment,” said Singh.
A total of 27 Indian Air Force aircraft, including 15 fighter jets and helicopters, have been lost in crashes since 2016.