New Delhi: An Indian Air Force (IAF) microlight aircraft crashed in Baghpat district of Uttar Pradesh on Friday. Both the pilots ejected safely. The incident comes three days ahead of the Indian Air Force Day celebrations. Also Read - AFCAT Exam 2021 Admit Cards Released | Here’s How to Download at afcat.cdac.in
The plane fell on its nose in a field, claims a report. However, the two pilots on board ejected themselves with the help of parachutes before the aircraft touched the ground. Meanwhile, a Court of Inquiry (CoI) has been ordered to investigate the cause of the incident. Also Read - IAF Recruitment 2021: 255 Vacancies Notified For Group C, Here's How to Apply
Earlier in February, in a similar incident, two IAF pilots were killed when a microlight aircraft they were travelling in crashed in Assam’s Majuli region. The pilots were Wing Commander-rank officers. Also Read - US-Based Lockheed Martin Signs MoU With HAL to Explore Cooperation in India's Aerospace Sector
The two pilots were identified as Wing Commander Jai Paul James and Wing Commander D Vats, Tezpur-based defence spokesperson Lt. Colonel Harshvardhan Pande told news agency PTI.
In another incident, an IAF MiG 27 had crashed near Banad area of Jodhpur in Rajasthan on September 4 while, a Chetak Ch442 had earlier crash landed at INS Rajali in Tamil Nadu’s Arakkonam.