Jaguar fighter aircraft crashed on Tuesday in Dilahi Firozpur village in Uttar Pradesh’s Mau district, killing the pilot and a girl working in a field – two days after a MiG-21 fighter crashed in Rajasthan.
The Jaguar had taken off from an airbase in Gorakhpur, Indian Air Force (IAF) spokesperson Amit Mahajan told AFP. “Two Jaguars were engaged in a low-altitude training sortie and the one behind saw the other one crashing and it reported the incident,” he said, adding that a probe was on to find out the cause of the crash.
Sources at the airbase in Gorakhpur identified the deceased pilot as Siddharth Pandey, 30. But IAF officials declined to comment.
According to the IAF spokesperson, debris from the plane killed the girl, whom locals identified as Ruma, 18. The locals added six people, including Ruma’s mother and brother, were injured.
The crash in Mau district, about 300 km east of state capital Lucknow, is the third IAF aircraft accident this year.
On February 4, a MiG-21 ‘Bison’ fighter plane had crashed in Madhya Pradesh’s Sheopur district, but the pilot had ejected safely.
Of the 10 IAF aircraft crashes reported in 2010, four were MiG-27s and two MiG-21s.
With inputs from agencies