The Jaguar had taken off from Gorakhpur air force base. Photograph:( WION )
The Jaguar had taken off from Gorakhpur air force base. The pilot was able to eject safely before the plane crashed.
An Indian Air Force Jaguar has crashed in Uttar Pradesh's Kushinagar, the news agency ANI has reported.
An Indian Air Force Jaguar fighter plane crashes in Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh. More details awaited. pic.twitter.com/6ZIlxssenS— ANI (@ANI) January 28, 2019
Video footage of the crash showed thick grey and black smoke billowing from the plane's wreckage.
ANI added that the Jaguar had taken off from Gorakhpur air force base, and that the pilot was able to eject safely.
A court of inquiry has been ordered into the crash.
Uttar Pradesh: Latest visuals from Kushinagar where an Indian Air Force Jaguar fighter plane crashed today, the pilot managed to eject safely. A court of inquiry has been ordered to investigate the accident. pic.twitter.com/MZxgwjWHrS— ANI (@ANI) January 28, 2019
The Jaguar is a British-French attack jet aircraft originally used by the British Royal Air Force and the French Air Force in the close air support and nuclear strike roles.
It was manufactured by France's Dassault Aviation and the UK's British Aircraft Corporation
It was retired by France in 2005 and the UK in 2007. It continues to be used by the Indian Air Force, albeit in significantly upgraded form.
In India, the Jaguar was manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.