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.
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.
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.
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.