Srinagar: An Indian Air Force (IAF) jet crashed in Naslapur area of Budgam district in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday. According to reports, the pilot and co-pilot have been killed in the mishap that happened in an open field near Garend Kalaan village at 10.05 AM. If the eye-witnesses are to be believed, a civilian has also been killed. (ALSO READ – Pakistani Jets Violate Indian Air Space, Enter Border Areas in J&K’s Rajouri) Also Read - Train Services Resume In Kashmir Valley After 11 Months of COVID-19 Restrictions
The plane reportedly crashed due to a technical glitch. However, an official confirmation from the IAF and Ministry of Defence is yet awaited. The IAF rescue team has reached the spot. Also Read - Jammu And Kashmir: Suspicious Object Found at Kenihama Nowgam Station, Area Cordoned Off
The jet broke into two and caught fire immediately, the officials were quoted as saying by PTI. Also Read - 6 Killed in Air Force Plane Crash in Mexico's Veracruz
The police have found two bodies at the crash site, SSP Budgam was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. However, their identities have not been ascertained. “Some aircraft has fallen. As of now we aren’t in a position to ascertain anything. Technical team is here, they’ll ascertain facts. We have found 2 bodies so far and have evacuated them. Search is going on here,” he said.
Meanwhile, the airports in Leh, Jammu, Srinagar and Pathankot have been put on high alert. The airspace has been suspended due to security reason and the commercial flights have been put on hold.
The incident comes a day after 12 Mirage 2000 aircraft of the Indian Air Force struck Jaish-e-Mohammed’s biggest terror camp at Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.