An India Air Force fighter plane, A-3492, crashed in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha, which is about 350 kms from Bubaneshwar city. Police reports say it was a hawk jet trainer and two IAF pilots were injured at the accident.
According to IAF official, the advanced jet trainer aircraft crashed after flying for about 50 km from the Kalaikunda Air Base on a routine sortie. The source added that, the reason behind the crash is not known yet, and a Court of Inquiry has been ordered by the Air Force.
The accident took place at around 1. 25 pm. Odisha police Chief Sanjeev Marik said, “We have got information that one aircraft crashed in a paddy field in a village under Bisoi Police Station area.â The aircraft exploded after the crash.
The injured pilots have been admitted to the district Sadar hospital.