An Indian Air Force MiG-27 fighter jet on Sunday (March 31) crashed in southern Rajasthan’s Sirohi. The pilot ejected safely. The MiG 27 UPG aircraft, an upgraded variant of the Soviet era fighter, took off from Uttarlai Air Force base in Barmer. The pilot reported an engine problem and ejected at around 11:45 am in Godana near Sheoganj in Sirohi, about 120 km south of Jodhpur.
This is the ninth Indian Air Force crash in this quarter. Since January, the Indian Air Force has lost one Jaguar fighter-bomber, two MiG-27 UPGs, two Hawk fighters – during a mid air collision of two jets of the Surya Kiran squadron, an upgraded twin-seat Mirage 2000 and a MiG-21 Bison fighter.
“At around 11:45am today [Sunday], a MiG-27 UPG aircraft which got airborne from Utarlai Air Force base experienced engine problems leading to a crash, at about 120kms south of Jodhpur. However, the pilot ejected safely,” an official said.
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