Two Indian Air Force fighter jets (a Sukhoi MKI and a Mirage-2000) crashed in Madhya Pradesh’s Morena district on Saturday during a routine training sortie, killing one pilot and two others. Injured.
According to information, two pilots of Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft ejected safely, while the pilot of Mirage-2000 died.
Morena District Magistrate Ankit Asthana told that the debris of both the planes fell in Pahargarh area of the district.
He said that some debris also fell in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur area, which borders Madhya Pradesh.
Soon after the incident, there were reports that a pilot had died in two separate accidents. But later it was confirmed that 2 planes have fallen in the same accident.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was informed by the Chief of Air Staff on the crash of two Indian Air Force aircraft.
It has beem tweeted by the IAF that two fighter jets of the Indian Air Force crashed near Gwalior this morning.
The aircraft were on a routine operational flight training mission. One of the three pilots involved received fatal injuries. An inquiry has been ordered to find out the cause of the accident.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tweeted, “The news of the crash of Sukhoi-30 and Mirage-2000 aircraft of the Air Force near Kolaras in Morena is extremely sad. I have thanked the local administration for the cooperation of the Air Force in the quick rescue and relief work.” Instructions have been given. I pray to God that the pilots of the planes are safe.
The Defence Minister inquired about the efficiency of the pilots of the Indian Air Force and is closely monitoring the developments. He talked to the collector.
Both the fighter jets had taken off from the Gwalior airport, which is an Indian Air Force base.
Officials said that two pilots of the Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft ejected safely, while the pilot of the Mirage-2000 died.
In Rajasthan’s Bharatpur, the police had said that the local people were the first to reach the spot where the debris of the plane fell.
Defence Ministry sources said that Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhary informed Defense Minister Rajnath Singh about the crash of two Air Force aircraft.