Indian Air Force's fighter aircraft crashes, pilot and co-pilot escape unhurt

Officials gather around the remains of an Indian Air Force Mig 27 fighter jet that crashed into a residential building in Rajasthan on June 13, 2016. Photograph:( AFP )

Rajasthan, India Sep 10, 2016, 08.41 AM (IST)
A fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed today in the Barmer district of western Rajasthan state; however, no loss of life was reported. 

The MiG 21 aircraft took off from Utterali near Barmer, while the crash was reported at around 12:15 pm, according to the Indian standard time. 

"The plane crashed in an open field near Malio ki Dhani, about 20 km from the city. There is no information of any loss of life or property so far," superintendent of police, Barmer, Gagandeep Singla told Indian news agency PTI. 

"The pilot is said to have ejected before the crash," he said. No damage was reported to any civil or service property. 

While an inquiry has been ordered into the incident, according to media reports, another incident of MiG aircraft crash reminded of the monicker, 'Flying Coffin'  that it earned due to series of such accidents. The MiG crashes have sparked public outbursts in the past. 

(WION with inputs from agencies) 
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