IAF Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer aircraft crashes, both pilots safe

Kolkata: A Hawk Advanced trainer aircraft belongs to Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed today in West Bengal’s Midnapore shortly after taking-off, but officials said that both the pilots managed to eject safely.

According to IAF official, Jet Trainer aircraft that takes-off at around 10:30 am from Kalaikunda developed some technical snag.

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In a statement from IAF said, “After takeoff, the aircraft developed unserviceability resulting in a crash.”

Both the pilots managed to eject safely before the aircraft crashed soon after one hour from takeoff at around 11:00 am.

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A court inquiry has been ordered into the incident by the IAF.

The Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer is primarily aimed at training pilots in weapons delivery, but it has capability of performing air-to-air and air-to-ground attack roles.

The first IAF Hawk AJT crashed on April 29, 2008 at Air Force Station Bidar (Karnataka), and another crash happened on June 3, 2015, near Baharagora, close to the West Bengal-Odisha border.

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Thursday’s incident comes as the IAF is still looking for an AN-32 aircraft that went missing on way from Chennai to Port Blair on July 22. No trace of the aircraft has so far been found.