New Delhi, June 5: A Jaguar fighter plane of Indian Air Force crashed in the Mundra taluk of the Kutch region in northwestern Gujarat on Tuesday. As per the reports, the aircraft was on a routine training mission from Jamnagar, where Air Force operates an airport.Also Read - Gujarat: Rajdhani Express Hits Cement Pillar; Police Suspects Bid To Derail Train
The pilot Air Commodore Sanjay Chauhan has lost his life, after sustaining fatal injuries in the crash. Five cows, grazing in the field where the aircraft crashed were also killed in the accident. Meanwhile, Court of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate cause of accident. Also Read - Gujarat Caps Public Gatherings To 50 Per Cent of Venue Capacity Amid Covid Situation
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Speaking to Times of India, Lt Col Manish Ojha confirmed the incident, saying, “Today morning a Jaguar aircraft on a routine training mission from Jamnagar crashed around 10:30 hours. The pilot Air Cmde Sanjay Chauhan sustained fatal injuries during the crash. A CoI [Court of Inquiry] has been ordered to investigate cause of the accident.”
In a similar incident an unmanned Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) of Indian Navy crashed in Gujarat on April 14. The accident happened about 25 kms from Porbandar. The RPA was on a routine surveillance mission when it lost datalink communication with the Ground Station.
On March 22, a Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) of the Indian Navy, operating from Porbandar, crashed close to the air base soon after the takeoff. Engine failure was said to be the reason behind the crash. A Board of Inquiry (BoI) was also set up to probe the cause of the crash.