An Indian Air Force advanced jet trainer crashed in a paddy field at Kudarsahi in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha today. According to reports, the pilots ejected safely but were injured. The advanced jet trainer aircraft flew for about 50 km from the Kalaikunda Air Base on a routine sortie before it crashed, Air Force officials have said.
The reason behind the crash is not known yet but a Court of Inquiry has been ordered by the IAF.
Odisha DGP Sanjeev Marik told a news agency, “We have got information that one aircraft crashed in a paddy field in a village under Bisoi Police Station area.” Asit Panigrahi, Inspector General (DIG), northern range, said, “The accident took place between 1.20 PM and 1.30 PM.
As per latest reports, both the pilots have been admitted to the district Sadar hospital.