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IAF fighter jet Su-30MKI crashes near Pune

The plane was on a training sortie when it crashed into a field.

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Updated:October 14, 2014, 6:46 PM IST
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IAF fighter jet Su-30MKI crashes near Pune
The plane was on a training sortie when it crashed into a field.

Pune: An Indian Air Force fighter jet Su-30MKI crashed at village Theoor near Pune on Tuesday evening. Both the pilot and the co-pilot have ejected safely.

The plane was on a training sortie when it crashed into a field.

It crashed while coming in for landing at a distance of approximately 22 km from the Pune airfield.

Both the pilot and the co-pilot were safe and inquiry had been ordered to investigate the cause of the accident, a defence release said, adding that no loss of life and property was reported from the spot of mishap.

Although the release issued on Tuesday night did not name the fighter aircraft, defence PRO attached to the Southern Command confirmed that it was a Sukhoi-30 jet.

Pune rural police superintendent Manoj Lohiya said that the aircraft came down about 4 kms from village Theur, famous in Maharashtra for its Ganesh temple.

The pilots, who bailed out, were immediately taken to safety by airforce officials who rushed to the spot.

As the plane crashed on a grassy patch of land, away from the residential area, there were no reports of any damage or casualty on the ground, Lohia added.

About two years ago, a Sukhoi training flight had crashed near Pune in similar circumstances.

(With additional information from PTI)

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