Indian Air Force's Kiran Trainer Aircraft Crashes In Karnataka; Pilots Recovered Safely

Ujjwal ShrotryiaThursday, June 1, 2023 8:18 am IST
HAL HJT-16 Kiran Intermediate jet trainer aircraft (Via @scramble_nl)
HAL HJT-16 Kiran Intermediate jet trainer aircraft (Via @scramble_nl)

A trainer aircraft of the Indian Air Force has crashed near Makali village of Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka.

According to IAF officials, the trainer aircraft was a Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)-built 'HJT-16 Kiran' intermediate jet trainer aircraft.

The HJT-16 Kiran is a two seater trainer aircraft.

The two pilots, including a female pilot, have successfully ejected from the aircraft. A Court of Inquiry (CoI) has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the crash, the IAF has said.

This crash comes weeks (8 May) after another IAF Mig-21 fighter crashed in the Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan, which killed three people.

The Mig-21 was on a routine training sortie.

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