A Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed near Pune on Tuesday, but both the pilots managed to bail out safely.
The aircraft, which took off from the Lohegaon airbase on a routine mission, presumably developed a technical snag and crashed at Wade Bholai village, about 20 km from Pune. The jet crashed at 1.30pm, around 50 minutes after it took off, officials said.
This is the third time a Sukhoi fighter plane crashed since their induction into the IAF in 1997.
The Su-30 MKI that crashed on Tuesday was manufactured in India under license by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited with materials and parts provided by Russia. It had been flying for almost four years, sources said.