Jamnagar : An Indian Air Force Jaguar fighter jet has crashed in Gujarat’s Kutch at around 10:30 am on Tuesday morning. According to the reports, the Jaguar plane crashed near a village in Kutch’s Mundra after flying from the Jamnagar air base. It is reportedly said to have hit a cattle grazing in a field. The debris of the plane were strewn far and wide on the dry fields near Bareja village in Kutch’s Mundra which is at about 340 km west from Ahmedabad.
#Gujarat: Wreckage of IAF's Jaguar fighter jet that crashed in Kutch's Mundra, the aircraft was on a routine training mission from Jamnagar. The Pilot, Air Cmde Sanjay Chauhan, lost his life in the crash. Court of Inquiry ordered to investigate cause of accident. pic.twitter.com/bGBiE2L53k
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As per the reports, the accident took place when the Jaguar fighter jet was on a routine sortie. The pilot of the Jaguar Air Commodore Sanjay Chauhan has unfortunately lost his life. For investigation of the accident’s cause a Court of Inquiry has been ordered.
What is a Jaguar fighter jet ?
- This is a deep penetration strike aircraft which is capable of making fast, low-level dashes into enemy territory mainly used for precision strikes and bombing missions.
- Jaguar Fighter jet is a twin-engine aircraft and it was first acquired by India in the 1980s, but it has been regularly updated since then.
- Jaguar flighter plane is license manufactured by Hindustan Aeronatuics Limited, Bengaluru.
In April this year, an M17 helicopter got crashed in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand. However, all the six people who were on the helicopter managed to survive. In March 2018, a plane crash accident took place in Odisha’s Mayurbhunj district where the pilot was able to come out of the aircraft, but with injuries. Also, in February 2018, a microlight chopper killed two pilots, Wing Commander J James and Wing Commander D Vats. in a plane crash in Assam’s Majuli island.