Jaipur : The MiG-27 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force has reportedly crashed about five kilometers from the Jodhpur airbase. No injuries have been reported yet, according to sources. However, two houses were damaged in the crash. According to eyewitness a man who was on a motorcycle was injured in the incident. He got hit by a burning portion of the plane.
The pilots, however, are both safe as they were able to eject at the right time. No casualties have been reported from the crash, even as more details about what caused the crash, are awaited. MiG 27 is one of the oldest aircraft of Indian Air Force and will be phased out soon.
Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha had earlier said that all the MIG-27 fighter jets, which have not been upgraded, will be phased out in the next couple of years after the introduction of Rafale and Tejas. "Mig-27, specially the ones which have not been upgraded, are going to be retired from service. They have served well for the country. We have plans to retire them in the next 2-3 years time," he told reporters in November last year. Soviet-designed MiG-27 fighter jets, known as the Bahadhur (Brave) in the IAF, have been produced in India under license since 1986.