Mig-27 crashes in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri

Updated: July 24, 2010 18:53 IST

A MiG-27 fighter jet of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed in Bhotputti village in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district on July 24, killing one and injuring the pilot and 25 villagers on the ground.

Mig-27 crashes in West Bengal\'s Jalpaiguri
A MiG-27 fighter jet of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed in Bhotputti village in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district on July 24, killing one and injuring the pilot and 25 villagers on the ground.
Mig-27 crashes in West Bengal\'s Jalpaiguri
Panicked villagers rushed to the crash site. Soviet-designed MiG-27 fighter jets, known as the Bahadhur (Brave) in the IAF, have been produced in India under license since 1986. The IAF operates 5 squadrons of the ground attack fighter.
Mig-27 crashes in West Bengal\'s Jalpaiguri
The SP has said that 25 people were injured when the aircraft crashed, of whom 5 were in a serious condition. An IAF spokesperson said in New Delhi that the MiG-27 took off from the Hashimara Air Base for a routine sortie and crashed within minutes of take-off at around 1030 hours.
Mig-27 crashes in West Bengal\'s Jalpaiguri
The parts of the aircraft were strewn across the paddy fields in the village which damaged crops. The pilot, Saket Verma, ejected from the aircraft but was injured and has been hospitalised, Superintendent of Police Anand Kumar said.
Mig-27 crashes in West Bengal\'s Jalpaiguri
Inspector General of Police (North Bengal) Ranveer Kumar said that a farmer, B Rai, who was cultivating his field was killed when the MIG crashed between Moynaguri and Chengrabandha.
Mig-27 crashes in West Bengal\'s Jalpaiguri
About 25 people from Bhotputti village have been injured and there was a sense of fear among the villagers.
Mig-27 crashes in West Bengal\'s Jalpaiguri
Villagers check the debris of the fighter aircraft that fell in the field. This is the second Mig-27 crash in the eastern sector. In February this year, the IAF's entire fleet of over 100 Mig 27s was grounded for technical inspection, after a pilot was killed in a crash near Siliguri in West Bengal.
Mig-27 crashes in West Bengal\'s Jalpaiguri
India lost two MiG-27 jets last year, and a total of about 12 since 2001, due to crashes attributed largely to defects in the aircraft's engines.

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