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MiG-29 jet crashes near Ambala, pilot safe

Some 10-12 labourers and a tractor driver had a narrow escape when the aircraft piloted by V Naik crashed.

india Updated: Sep 28, 2006 17:23 IST

A MiG-29 jet of the Indian Air Force crashed near Ambala on Thursday while on a routine sortie but the pilot bailed out safely, officials said.

Some 10-12 labourers and a tractor driver had a narrow escape when the aircraft piloted by Squadron Leader V Naik crashed into paddy fields near Sadhopur village.

The debris from the jet damaged the tractor but all the labourers were safe, officials said.

Ambala's Deputy Commissioner OP Langyan said Naik, who was on a solo flight, parachuted to safety and was taken to the Military Hospital at Ambala.

The Russian-made jet had taken off for a routine sortie from the Ambala airbase. The IAF has ordered a court of inquiry to ascertain the cause of the crash.

Debris was scattered over a small area at the site of the crash and a 10-foot crater was created by the impact. Senior officials of IAF and the civil administration inspected the spot.