IAF jet crashes in Gujarat, Air Commodore Sanjay Chouhan dies

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An Indian Air Force (IAF) Jaguar fighter jet on Tuesday crashed at Beraja village near Mundra in Kutch region, soon after it took off from the Jamnagar air base in Gujarat, killing the pilot, identified as Air Commodore Sanjay Chouhan.

Air Commodore Sanjay Chouhan
(ANI/Twitter)

Air Commodore Sanjay Chauhan (See photo below) was on a routine training mission when the jet crashed at around 10.30 am. Air Commodore Chauhan was the Air Officer Commanding at Jamnagar Air Force Station. He had left the Jamnagar airbase on Tuesday morning.

Air Commodore Sanjay Chouhan (Photo: from Air Force Officers’ WhatsApp group)

A Court of Inquiry into the incident has been ordered by the air headquarters to investigate the cause of the accident, the sources said.

“The plane, which was on a routine sortie, crashed near Bareja village,” said an official in Gujarat, quoted Eenadu.

The plane’s debris was strewn far and wide on the outskirts of the village, locals said.

The jaguar crash comes just months after an IAF aircraft crashed in Mayubhanj district in Odisha in March. The Hawk aircraft, which was undertaking a routine training sortie, had taken off from an airbase in Kalaikunda in West Bengal. However, no one was injured in the accident, reported Indian Express.

The Jaguar is a twin-engine, ground attack aircraft which can penetrate deep behind enemy lines on bombing runs. It has a maximum speed of 1,350 kmph or 1.3 times the speed of sound. The aircraft is ageing since it was inducted into the Indian Air Force in 1979 — almost four decades ago, reported NDTV.

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