A MiG-27 aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed into a building in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur today. Both pilots ejected safely. At least two people have been injured. The crash occurred near the Jodhpur air base while the fighter jet was on a routine sortie.
“An IAF MIG-27 aircraft crashed near Jodhpur on Monday at about 11.30 a.m. The aircraft was airborne from Jodhpur airbase and was on a routine training sortie. The pilot ejected safely,” Defence Public Relations Officer (PRO) Manish Ojha said in a statement.
The Air Force has ordered a court of inquiry into the incident, Mr Ojha said.
The MiG-27s are one of the oldest aircraft of Indian Air Force and will be phased out soon.
Last year, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said that all MIG-27s which have not been upgraded will be phased out in the next couple of years after the introduction of Rafale jets and the indigenously-built Light Combat Aircraft ‘Tejas’.
The Soviet-designed MiG-27 fighter jets, referred to as Bahadur (brave) in Air Force, have been produced in India under license since 1986.