A MiG-27 fighter plane of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed on the outskirts of Barmer. The plane fell barely 1 km from the district headquarters near Saint Paul's School and a colony having more than 500 families.
While the pilot ejected safely, no casualty was reported except bruises to a motorcyclist, Loon Singh, on whom burning parts of the plane fell while he was distributing his wedding cards.The incident took place at Mahabar Road at around 3.30 pm.
Defence spokesperson Lt Colonel Manish Ojha said that a MiG 27 took off from Jodhpur air base to Uttarlai at around 3.10 pm.“The plane caught fire due to some technical snag and crashed,“ he said. A court of inquiry has been or dered, he said.
“An IAF chopper lifted the injured pilot to Jodhpur army hospital, where he was declared out of danger,“ he added. District police chief Anil Deshmukh and collector Madhusudan Sharma reached the spot along with air force and civil administration staff.
This was the second accident involving IAF this month in the district. An unmanned aerial vehicle of the IAF fell at Akoda village in Chohatan sub division in Barmer district on January 9 last.