Indian Air Force fighter jet crashes shortly after takeoff: Indian Media
NEW DELHI - An Indian Air Force Jaguar fighter jet crashed shortly after takeoff in Uttar Pradesh on Monday, January 28, media reported.
The aircraft had taken off from Gorakhpur Air Force Station on a routine mission and crashed in the Hatempur area of Kushinagar district.
“Today [Monday] morning, a Jaguar aircraft while on a routine mission from Gorakhpur, crashed. Pilot ejected safely. A court of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate the accident,” the IAF said in a statement, according link to ANI.
It was not immediately clear what caused the SEPECAT Jaguar to crash. The Indian Air Force has an active fleet of around 150 Jaguars, mostly inducted in the early 1980s. Designed in Europe in the 1960s and 70s, 120 were built link in India by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and are known as Shamsher – “Sword of Justice.”
More than 30 fighter aircraft have crashed in India since 2012, with most accidents blamed on ageing jets. More than 170 Air Force pilots have died in accidents in the past three decades, mostly in incidents involving Soviet-era aircraft.