Indian Air Force’s Jaguar aircraft, a deep strike fighter plane capable of carrying Nuclear payload, today caught fire minutes before take off at Ambala air base but the pilot got out safely.
Defence sources said the pilot spotted fire during the takeoff roll, aborted the takeoff and carried out a safe exit.
“Today evening at Ambala Airfield, a Jaguar aircraft aborted takeoff while getting airborne for a routine night flying mission. The pilot carried out a safe and quick exit. The aircraft caught fire,” an IAF spokesperson said in New Delhi.
A court of inquiry has been ordered into the accident. On Saturday, another MiG-21 trainer aircraft crashed in Rajasthan’s Barmer district but no loss of life was reported with both the pilots ejecting safely.
The MiG-21 T-69 aircraft, which took off from the Uttarlai air force station in Barmer, crashed near the airbase.
Ambala Deputy Commissioner Prabhjot Singh, quoting a senior IAF official, said the incident occurred at around 8 pm. “The pilot is safe and has been taken to Army hospital for a check-up,” Mr. Singh said.