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Business News/ News / India/  IAF's trainer aircraft crashes in Karnataka's Chamrajnagar, pilots eject safely

In Karnataka's Chamrajnagar, an Indian Air Force's (IAF) Kiran trainer aircraft crashed in an open field on Thursday. The IAF in took to microblogging site Twitter to announce that the pilots had ejected safely before the crash. 

The training aircraft, which took off from the air force station in Bengaluru crashed this morning at Bhogapura village. Tejpal and Bhumika sustained minor injuries, district officials said.

No casualties were reported.

According to IAF, the pilots were on a routine training sortie when the incident occurred.

A court of inquiry was ordered to ascertain the cause of accident. 

"A Kiran trainer aircraft of the IAF crashed near Chamrajnagar, Karnataka today, while on a routine training sortie. Both aircrew ejected safely. A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident," the IAF tweeted. Senior district officials and an IAF team reached the spot.

Visuals emerged of the crash site in Karnataka emerged. 

See the video here

IAF's aircraft crash incidences seem to have increased in the recent past. In May an Indian Air Force MiG-21 fighter aircraft crashed near Hanumangarh in Rajasthan. 

Three civilians have died in the incident- two women and one man as the plane crashed on their house in Bahlolnagar district in Hanumangharh.

Later the Indian Air Force (IAF) grounded the entire fleet of MiG-21 fighter aircraft till the checks are carried out and investigations into the reasons behind the Rajasthan crash. The MiG-21 aircraft variants started getting inducted into the Indian Air Force over five decades and are on the verge of being phased out.

In March, an aircraft crashed with two trainee pilots on board, in Balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh. The crash led to the death of a man, as per police information.

The charred body of a man was found in the mountains of Lanji and Kirnapur areas, about 40 km from the Balaghat district headquarters, near the crash site, Superintendent of Police Sameer Saurabh had said. 

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Updated: 01 Jun 2023, 03:21 PM IST
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