A MiG 27 UPG aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed near Godana Dam in Rajasthan’s Sirohi district at around 11:45 AM on Sunday morning. The aircraft was on a routine mission from Jodhpur. A backup team from Jodhpur airbase has been scrambled after the incident took place. The aircraft which got airborne from Utarlai Air Force base experienced engine problems and crashed at about 120 kms South of Jodhpur. The pilot of the aircraft managed to eject safely. Preliminary reports indicate no loss of property or life on ground.

Reports said this is the 9th crash this year.  Visuals of IAF MIG 27 crashed near Sirohi District Godana Dam around 11:45 AM, backup team from Jodhpur airbase has been scrambled.

A court of inquiry will investigate the cause of the accident

 This is not the first time that an aircraft has been crashed in Jodhpur. At least 11 crashes in nine months before September crash.  In the month of September, a MiG-27 aircraft crashed near Jodhpur. 

In 2018, as many as crashes took place. Before September. 

March 20: A Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) from Kalaikunda in West Bengal crashed into the Subarnarekha River. Pilot safe

May 23: Cheetah helicopter crashes in Natha Top in Jammu and Kashmir. Crew and passengers safe

June 05: An Air Commodore Sanjai Chauhan’s plane crashed while flying a Jaguar from the maritime strike squadron in Jamnagar, Gujarat. AOC Chauhan navigated his failing aircraft beyond a village to crash into a field. He was the senior IAF person who was killed in the recent crashes.

July 11: MiG-27 crashed into a residential area in Jodhpur. Flying Officer Deepak Kandpal ejected safely from the crash. No fatalities were reported. 

July 18: An MiG-21 from Pathankot was crashed in Himachal’s Kangra district. Squadron Leader Meet Kumar was killed during the crash. 

The MiG-27 and MiG-21 are an oldest in the IAF inventory. The IAF operates two squadrons of the MiG-27. It was first installed in 1985. The swing-wing ground attack aircraft  has been grounded more than in any single aircraft kinds.  This aircraft  is a licence-produced by the defence public sector HAL as ‘Bahadur’.  

The IAF unfailingly continues to fly 10 squadrons of the MiG-21 and the MiG-27s.  The LCA project was started in 1983. The aircraft is scheduled to be completely retired from service from 2019.

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