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MiG-29 fighter jet crashes; pilot safe

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JAMNAGAR (PTI): A MiG-29 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed between Amran and Jivapar villages in Jamnagar, Gujarat with the pilot ejecting safely on Friday.

The aircraft was on a routine sortie from the Jamnagar airbase.

"A MiG-29 fighter jet crashed at 11.29 AM between Amran and Jivapar villages near Jamangar air base," the official said.

"The pilot ejected safely when the plane crashed," he said.

A court of inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of the accident.

On June 24 this year, a MiG-29 fighter aircraft on a routine sortie had crashed near Lalparda village in Jamnagar district, with the pilot ejecting safely.

In August 2012, nine Air Force personnel including five officers, on board two MI-17 helicopters were killed when two choppers of the Jamangar air base had collided mid-air shortly after take off.

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