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Pilot Killed As Indian Air Force’s Jaguar Fighter Jet Crashes In Gujarat’s Kutch

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| June 5 , 2018 , 13:15 IST

An Indian Air Force Jaguar fighter jet crashed in Gujarat’s Kutch. The pilot of the jet was killed in the crash. As per reports, the plane flew from Jamnagar Air Base on a routine training mission and it crashed in a nearby village. The crashing jet reportedly hit cattle grazing in the field killing them.

As per a statement from the Defense Ministry, the aircraft was on a training mission. Its debris was strewn in the dry fields near a village in Mundra, Kutch. It was being flown by Air Commodore Sanjai Chauhan.

A court of inquiry has been ordered by the Air Force to investigate the cause of the accident as per media reports.

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

Retired Air Marshal Anil Chopra remembered Air Commodore Sanjai Chauhan and tweeted, “Air Cmde Sanjai Chauhan, was AOC Jamnagar and a distinguished Test Pilot. I was privileged to have him working under me in ASTE Bangalore. A great professional indeed.”

Chopra, a distinguished Air Force officer had survived a Mirage 2000 crash in 2012 along with a commander of a fighter squadron by ejecting within minutes of their take off.

Recently an Indian Air Force helicopter had crashed in Majuli, Assam killing both the pilots.