The pilot, believed to have taken off from the Hakimpet Airforce Station, ejected about 2 km from the crash site with the help of a parachute. After landing, the trainee cadet was able to contact his colleagues using his cellphone.
The process of ejecting from an aircraft is a brutal one and he would have to undergo a lot of medical tests to ascertain if there is any damage particularly to his spinal cord, sources added.
The Kiran MK-2 aircraft, an indigenously manufactured trainer, has been in use for several decades. Although it's considered an elderly aircraft in terms on design, it is one of the main training platforms.
The two-pilot aircraft was, however, being flown by a flight cadet at the time of the accident. Sources says that it's a standard procedure, if a pilot is proficient enough to fly the aircraft, to do these sorties alone as part of their training.