Indian Air Force HJT-16 Kiran Trainer Aircraft Crashes Near Hyderabad

An Indian Air Force HJT-16 Kiran Mk-II trainer aircraft has crashed into an agricultural field near Hyderabad in Telangana state at around 11.50 am local time on Nov. 28.

The trainee pilot, who ejected before the crash, only suffered minor injuries. The pilot was identified as Yogesh from Uttar Pradesh.

The aircraft took off from Air Force Station Hakimpet at 11:30 hrs on a routine training mission, according to a statement from Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD). The aircraft crashed in the local flying area at approximately 1150 hrs and the pilot ejected safely, the statement added.

There are neither injuries reported from the civil populace nor any damage to property. A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of the accident.

Hakimpet Air Force Station (Hakimpet AFS) is an IAF base under its Training Command. It is located 25 kilometres north of Hyderabad and houses the Fighter Training Wing, the Helicopter Training School, No. 43 Equipment Depot and ancillary units.

HAL HJT-16 Kiran (“Ray of light”) is an Indian two-seat intermediate jet trainer built by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). It is used by the Indian Air Force for intermediate training for pilots trained on the HPT-32 Deepak basic trainer.

The ageing HJT-16 Kiran aircraft fleet are plagued with frequent accidents and India’s Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has recommended phasing out these jets.

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