West Bengal: IAF aircraft crashes, both pilots eject safely

IAF Hawk

A Hawk advanced jet trainer on Thursday crashed soon after take off from Air Force Station, Kalaikunda in West Midnapore due to a “technical snag” but both the pilots ejected safely.


According to initial reports, IAF’s Hawk Advanced Trainer Jet aircraft has crashed at Kalaikunda base. The Kalaikunda Air Force Station is an Indian Air Force Base near Kharagpur, located in the Midnapore West district of the state of West Bengal.

The crash occurred within the boundary of the air station, 138 kms from here, and the two pilots ejected safely, they said.

“A Court of Inquiry has been instituted into the crash,” an IAF source said.

Last year in June, another Hawk had crashed after taking off from Kalaikunda station as it developed a technical problem. Budding fighter pilots undergo their stage-III training for a year on Hawk.

Wefornews Bureau

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