Indian Air Force Trainer Jet Crashed Near West Bengal

A Hawk advanced jet trainer on Thursday crashed soon after take off from Air Force Station, Kalaikunda in West Midnapore due to a “technical snag” but both the pilots ejected safely.

 IAF sources said that the aircraft developed a technical problem at about 1100 hours, minutes after taking off from Kalaikunda air station in West Bengal, where another Hawk had crashed in June last year.

The crash occurred within the boundary of the air station, 138 kms from here, and the two pilots ejected safely, they said.

“A Court of Inquiry has been instituted into the crash,” an IAF source said.

 Last year in June, another Hawk had crashed after taking off from Kalaikunda station as it developed a technical problem. Budding fighter pilots undergo their stage-III training for a year on Hawk

statement from the IAF says that a British-built Hawk jet crashed to the ground at 11:00 local time after taking off from the Kalaikunda base.

Following the event, the creation of a commission to investigate the accident was ordered.

The accident coincides with the operation launched by the military and civil authorities to find the remains of an AN-32 missing since July 22 while flying over the Bay of Bengal, with 29 people on board.


According to official data, more than 90 Indian military aircrafts have crashed due to pilot error, technical failures or the combination of both since 2007.

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