IAF Sukhoi 30 crashes in Barmer

Jaipur, March 15 : Another Indian Air Force fighter aircraft, Sukhoi 30 crashed in Barmer today, injuring three people. Two of its pilots, however, managed to eject safely, according to defence spokesperson.

This is the third crash of Sukhoi in Rajasthan, which is considered a frontal aircraft of the IAF.

The plane was on a routine sortie from Jodhpur base and was about to land at the Uttarlai Air Force Base. It crashed at a village called Devaniyon ki Dhani around 2 pm in the afternoon. The fuselage of the aircraft landed on villager Narayan Ram’s house, injuring him, his daughter-in-law Dalli and grandson Hanuman. The three, who have sustained burn injuries, have been admitted in hospital.

According to police Narayan Ram’s family suffered burn injuries due to the explosion and cuts and bruises from the debris. Another half-a-dozen houses in the village and two motorcycles were destroyed. The villagers said a buffalo was burnt alive and some goats were injured.

The air force has ordered an inquiry into the crash. Initial reports say some technical snag may have caused the crash. The aircraft landed with a huge blast and sound in a agricultural land and alerted the people around.

Earlier today, a Chetak helicopter on a routine training sortie from Bamrauli, Allahabad, had developed a technical failure. The aircraft toppled while the pilots were trying to land in an uneven field. Both pilots are safe. An inquiry has been ordered into the accident.

Last year, in September, a MiG-21 aircraft had crashed in the same area.

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