Another Indian fighter jet crashes in Rajasthan

12:44 PM | 31 Mar, 2019
Another Indian fighter jet crashes in Rajasthan

JODHPUR – Another Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG 27 jet has crashed in Jodhpur city in the Thar Desert of the northwest Indian state of Rajasthan.

According to Indian media, the aircraft was on a routine mission from Jodhpur that crashed in Godana near Sheoganj in Sirohi.

A Court of Inquiry will probe the cause of the accident. Preliminary reports indicate no loss of property or life on ground, the NDTV reported.

This is the third MiG-27 aircraft that crashed in Rajasthan in the last few months.

Last month, a MiG-27 fighter jet crashed in Jaisalmer. The fighter jet crashed on February 12 during a training mission and the pilot ejected safely above the Pokhran range.

More than 30 fighters 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 MiGs — unflatteringly dubbed “flying coffins”.