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Indian Fighter Jet Crashes 117km Away From Lahore

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An MiG-29 fighter jet of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed 117 km away from Lahore earlier today, during a rehearsal session.

The pilot ejected and has been reported to come out of it safe. IAF’s first responding teams have taken the pilot away in a rescue helicopter. There have been no updates about the reason for the crash by the IAF as of now.

The IAF said, in an official statement, “The aircraft had developed a technical snag and the pilot ejected safely as he was unable to control the aircraft. The pilot has been rescued by a helicopter. A court of inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of the accident.

The fighter jet took off from Adampur Air Force Station near Jalandhar, India’s second-biggest military airbase that is located 100 km away from the Pakistan border. The MiG-29 fighter jet crashed 25 km away from the airbase in the city of Hoshiarpur, kilometers away from the Pakistan border near Lahore.

MiG-29 is a Soviet-era fighter jet that the Indian army used during the Kargil war in 1999. IAF operates more than 60 MiG-29 fighter jets. All of them are equipped with advanced avionics and ammunition that can successfully engage air-to-air and air-to-ground targets.

On 27 February last year, Pakistan shot down Indian MiG-21 fighter jet, capturing Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman after an aerial dogfight. Pakistan carried out the retaliatory attack across the LOC after India’s botched Balakot airstrike a day earlier.

After just 60 hours in captivity, the Indian pilot was released and repatriated because of the goodwill gesture of Prime Minister Imran Khan to ease cross border tensions.

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