IAF Jaguar crashes in Gujarat’s Kutch, pilot killed


Jamnagar: An Indian Air Force (IAF) Jaguar aircraft crashed in Gujarat’s Kutch soon after take-off this morning, killing its pilot, Air Commodore Sanjay Chauhan.

The aircraft was on a routine training mission, a defence spokesperson said. The plane’s debris was strewn on the fields near a village in Kutch, around 340 km from Ahmedabad.

“Today morning a Jaguar aircraft on a routine training mission from Jamnagar crashed around 10:30 am,” defence spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Manish Ojha said

A court of inquiry has been ordered by the air headquarters to investigate the cause of the crash.

The Jaguar is a twin-engine, ground attack aircraft which can penetrate deep behind enemy lines on bombing runs. It has a maximum speed of 1,350 kmph or 1.3 times the speed of sound. The aircraft is ageing since it was inducted into the Indian Air Force in 1979 — almost four decades ago.

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