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MIG-27 fighter aircraft crashes, 7 injured

May 15, 2009 12:36 IST

A MIG-27 fighter aircraft on a routine sortie crashed in a village in Jodhpur district on Friday, injuring seven persons on the ground.

The pilot ejected safely after the crash took place at approximately 8.30 am in Konkani village in Luni, 42 kms from Jodhpur, Defence Public Relation Officer Lieutenant Colonel N N Joshi said.

According to Superintendent of Police (Rural) Jodhpur, Sharad Kaviraj, seven persons on the ground were injured in the mishap, one of them seriously.

This is the second Air Force fighter aircraft crash in as many weeks, the previous mishap being that of a sophisticated Su-30MKI air superiority fighter near Jaisalmer on April 30.

This is the fourth IAF aircraft crash in 2009, the first being that of a Surya Kiran Aerobatics Team's Kiran-MkII crash in Bidar on January 21, followed by an unmanned aerial vehicle crash the same day in Hashimara.

The last MiG-27 crash had taken place in Hashimara on January 31 last year.

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