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IAF fighter trainer aircraft crashes in Odisha

An Indian Air Force fighter trainer aircraft crashed in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district — 350 km from Bhubaneswar, on Wednesday. Two pilots, who ejected out of the plane, were reported to be safe.

Since the Hawk A-3492 crashed in a paddy field about 200 metres from human habitation around noon, there were no reports of any civilian casualties or loss of property. The incident took place at Kudarsahi village under the Bisoi police station limit in Mayurbhanj district.

The plane was completely gutted in fire. “We had sent fire tenders to the spot. The fire had been extinguished. Two pilots were safe. They have been given primary treatment at local hospital,” said Asit Panigrahi, Inspector-General (Eastern Range).

Mr. Panigrahi said the IAF authorities had been informed about the incident through proper channel. One of the pilots suffered injuries on his face. Local police sources said the pilot was probably hit by an object while landing by parachute.

Unconfirmed sources said three planes had taken off from the Kalaikunda Air Force Station from neighbouring West Bengal. The Identity of the pilots could not be ascertained.

Meanwhile, another IAF plane landed at the accident site.

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