A fighter jet ‘Sukhoi-30MKI’ belonging to the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed in the country’s south-western state of Maharashtra.
Fortunately, the two fighter pilots flying the ill-fated jet bailed out to safety before the crash, reported the Press Trust of India (PTI).
Quoting an IAF officer, the report said that there were no casualties on the ground either. “The pilots are safe,” the officer said, adding that there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties on the ground.
The aircraft had taken off from the Lohegaon air base on the outskirts of Pune, a city in Maharashtra. And, it crashed at a village, 20 kms from Pune.
It is believed that the aircraft crashed due to a technical snag.
This is the third crash of a ‘Sukhoi-30’ jet since its induction in 1997, added the report.