At least 3 killed after military jet crashes into house in northern India
New Delhi, May 8 (EFE).- At least three people died after an Indian military jet crashed into a village in the northern state of Rajasthan, India’s Air Force reported on Monday.
The IAF MiG-21 fighter jet crashed into a house in Bahlol Nagar, Hanumangarh district after it had taken off from the Suratgarh air base for a routine training exercise, India’s defense ministry said in a statement.
“The accident has unfortunately led to the loss of three lives on ground,” the IAF said in a statement.
“The IAF regrets this loss and offers its deepest condolences to the bereaved families,” it added.
According to officials, the pilot survived the crash after he ejected from the aircraft safely, sustaining minor injuries.
The plane landed onto a residential home and crashed through the building’s roof.
The IAF has launched an inquiry into the incident.
Aircraft accidents occur frequently in India.
In December 2021, an Air Force Mi-17V5 helicopter crashed shortly after takeoff killing 14, including General Bipin Rawat, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.
In 2019, an Indian military pilot died and two others were injured after a stunt plane collided with another aircraft during exercises in the southern city of Bengaluru.
In October 2017 at least five Indian Air Force officials died after an M-17 helicopter crashed in Arunachal Pradesh in the northeast.
In December 2015, 10 members of India’s Border Security Force died when they crashed in New Delhi. EFE