One pilot was injured in the crash of 2 Indian fighter jets that collided in the air. Photos/NDTV
NEW DELHI – Two fighter jets air Force India crashed on Saturday (28/1/2023) in a mid-air crash during a training exercise about 300 kilometers south of the capital New Delhi. This was disclosed by the local police at the scene of the accident.
Both fighter jets took off in the morning from Gwailor air base, about 50 kilometers east of where they crashed.
“We have found the wreckage of one of the planes and found an injured pilot in the Pahadgarh forest,” officer Dharmender Gaur told AFP from the crash site.
“Another plane may have crashed further away from the location and we have sent a team to find it,” police said, as reported by France 24.
Local daily Hindustan Times reported that the Indian Air Force is investigating whether the planes collided mid-air.
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According to the report, the Su-30 fighter jet carried two pilots and the Mirage jet carried one pilot.
“I have instructed the local government to cooperate with the air force in a quick rescue and relief effort,” Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Twitter.
“I pray to God that the pilot of the plane is safe,” he continued.
The crash is the latest in a series of aviation accidents involving India’s military air force.
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