Maharashtra: Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jet crashes in Nashik, both pilots eject safely

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A Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jet, on Wednesday (27 June) morning, crashed in Maharashtra’s Nashik. The aircraft, on a test flight, crash-landed in a field in Nashik.

There were no casualties in the incident as both the pilots ejected safely in time. The duo was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries, reports said. The crash probably occurred due to technical reasons, reported Times Now.

The Sukhoi aircraft was an under-production plane of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). “A Sukhoi Su-30MKI that crashed near Nashik, was an under-production aircraft of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. Both pilots ejected safely,” the Public Relations Officer, Defence, Mumbai said in a statement.

Reports said top military and Indian Air Force officials and police have rushed to the crash site. Earlier this month, an IAF Jaguar aircraft had crashed in Gujarat on June 8. The aircraft was on a routine training sortie after taking off from the Jamnagar Air Force base. The aircraft had reportedly developed a technical snag. The pilot had survived that crash.

The 8 June crash came just 72 hours after another Jaguar fighter jet crashed in Kutch, Gujarat. In that incident, a senior Air Force officer, Air Commodore Sanjay Chauhan, had died.

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