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Technical malfunction led to bomb drop, says IAF

September 16, 2009 20:02 IST

The Indian Air Force on Wednesday blamed a 'technical malfunction' of the weapon system, for its Mirage-2000 fighter jet dropping a bomb 15 km outside the Pokhran firing range, in Rajasthan on Monday night.

"The court of inquiry into the technical malfunction of the weapon system on-board the aircraft has already begun," an IAF officer said.

The IAF also stated that the 100-pound bomb had exploded, but did not damage any civilian or government property.

"The spot where the bomb fell and exploded was uninhabited and there certainly was no damage to the Indira Gandhi Canal," the officer said.

The Mirage-2000, from a squadron from Gwalior air base, was flying over Pokhran firing ranges during a routine weapons training sortie when the bomb was jettisoned due to a technical fault in the system.

The bomb fell approximately 12 km away from Mohangarh town on the fringes of the Pokhran firing range and approximately 100 feet away from the Indira Gandhi canal.

The fighter jet pilot was to hit a target in the firing range about 25 km from the spot where the bomb actually fell and exploded.

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