In another tragedy, at least two Indian Air Force pilots have lost their lives after their plane crashed in Assam’s Jorhat area on Thursday. The accident took place during a routine sortie on Thursday afternoon. So far it’s not clear how the accident might have happened resulting in loss of lives of two air force officers, but an investigation has been initiated in the case to find out the reason for the tragedy. Meanwhile, the concerned authorities are monitoring the situation and are also looking to cater all possible help to the families of the victim.
According to reports, the two pilots who lost their lives in the incident were Wing Commander-rank officers. The accident took place on Thursday afternoon soon after the pilots took off from Jorhat’s airport. Going by local sources, the crash took place near about 20 km away at Majuli island. Initial investigation reveals that the crash happened after microlight aircraft development technical fault. Microlight aircraft are small planes and are still by Indian Air Force.
According to a leading daily, officials say that the pilots attempted for an emergency landing but unfortunately, the planes crashed near a sandbar in the Brahmaputra which is close to Majuli district. After this sad incident, Defence Ministry in a statement said, “An Indian Air Force Microlight Virus SW-80 crashed around 1200 hrs today, after getting airborne from Air Force Station Jorhat, for a routine sortie.” Not a first time when precious Indian Air Force lose their lives in these fatal accidents. In the past two, many Air Force officers have lost their lives in faulty MiG planes.
— ANI (@ANI) February 15, 2018