IAF’s Tejas aircraft crashes near Jaisalmer in Rajastha;, pilot ejected safely

A light combat aircraft Tejas crashed near Jaisalmer in Rajasthan on Tuesday during an operational training sortie, the first such incident involving the indigenously-built jet.

However, the pilot was ejected safely and no casualties were reported.

In a post on X (formerly Twitter), IAF said “One Tejas aircraft of the Indian Air Force met with an accident at Jaisalmer, today during an operational training sortie. The pilot ejected safely.”

It also stated that a Court of Inquiry has been constituted to find out the cause of the accident.

The crash took place around 100 km from the Pokhran desert where a mega war game ‘Bharat Shakti’ witnessed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and top military brass was underway.

According to PTI, military sources indicated that the Tejas jet was to be part of the exercise.

Jaisalmer Additional Superintendent of Police Mahendra Singh said that there was no loss of property or human life in the crash near Kalla residential colony.

Thick black smoke was seen billowing out from a single-storey brick structure where the aircraft crashed.

Officials said it was the first Tejas jet involved in an accident, reported PTI.

Manufactured by state-run aerospace behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), the Tejas aircraft is a potent platform for air combat and offensive air support missions while reconnaissance and anti-ship operations are its secondary roles.

Noteworthy, Tejas aircraft are set to be the mainstay of the IAF.

It has already inducted nearly 40 Tejas of initial variants.

In February 2021, the defence ministry sealed a Rs 48,000 crore deal with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd for the procurement of 83 Tejas MK-1A jets for the IAF.

In November last, the ministry accorded an initial approval to procure an additional batch of 97 Tejas jets for the IAF.

(With inputs from PTI)

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