Nearly three weeks after a jet crash, another Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft crashed in the northern state of Rajasthan on Sunday.
According to The Times of India, the pilot of the MiG-27 aircraft has ejected safely, adding that the jet was on a routine mission when it crashed.
"At around 11:45am today [Sunday], a MiG-27 UPG aircraft which got airborne from Utarlai Air Force base experienced engine problems leading to a crash, at about 120kms south of Jodhpur. However, the pilot ejected safely," an official said.
Indian air defence may have shot down IAF Mi-17 helicopter
On March 8, India's MiG-21 Bison aircraft had also crashed in Rajasthan. It was New Delhi’s fourth loss of an aerial asset in under two weeks , according to Indian media reports.
The IAF claimed the jet crashed after it got hit from a bird while it was on a routine training sortie, adding that pilots ejected and were “safe”.
On February 27, an Indian helicopter, Mi-17, crashed in Budgam district of occupied Kashmir killing seven people including four IAF personnel – the same day when two Indian fighter jets were downed by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF).
An investigation had revealed a link between an air defence missile launch by Indian forces and the crash of the Mi-17 helicopter.