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Two IAF fighter jets crash near Gwalior; one pilot dead

Bhopal: Two fighter planes of the Indian Air Force (IAF) – Sukhoi-30 and Mirage-2000 – were involved in an accident near Gwalior on Saturday killing one of three pilots.

Morena Superintendent of Police Ashutosh Bagri confirmed the crash.

Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Adarsh Katiyar told IWP that the cause of the crash is not clear yet.

Following the crash, the IAF stated that an enquiry into the cause of the crash has been launched.

Sources said that the two IAF fighter jets had taken off from the Gwalior airport before they met with the accident.

“The two aircraft were on a routine operational flying training mission,” the IAF stated.

Of the three pilots on the two planes, one was killed and the two others were ejected safely.

While one of the two planes landed in Madhya Pradesh’s Morena, the other is believed to have landed 100 kms away in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said in a tweet, “The news of the crash of Sukhoi-30 and Mirage-2000 aircraft of the Air Force near Kolaras in Morena is very sad. I have instructed the local administration to cooperate with the Air Force in quick rescue and relief work. I pray to God that the pilots of the planes are safe.”