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IAF Mirage-2000 crashes in MP; pilot safe

The multi-role, single-engine, the fourth-generation jet fighter had taken off this morning from Maharajpura Air Force Station in Gwalior district.

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Bhind/Gwalior: An Indian Air Force Mirage-2000 crashed on Thursday at a farm at Bawedi village in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhind district following a technical snag during a training sortie but the pilot ejected safely.

The multi-role, single-engine, the fourth-generation jet fighter had taken off this morning from Maharajpura Air Force Station in Gwalior district.

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Police said that debris lies scattered over the area, which has been sealed. IAF officers reached the scene. Flight Lieutenant Abhilash, who was flying the plane, was rushed to a secure location by police and administrative officials who handed him over to the IAF, which said that a court of inquiry has been ordered into the incident.

According to eye-witnesses, smoke was observed billowing out of the aircraft that began losing altitude rapidly. A parachute was seen as the pilot baled out. After being alerted by villagers, Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar Singh arrived at the scene.

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