An Indian Air Force Jaguar combat aircraft crashed during the landing roll after completing a routine training mission from the Jamnagar Air Force base, at around 9:20 am local time on June 8, 2018.
According to local reports, the pilot, an IAF Squadron Leader, was ejected involuntarily after touchdown and was mildly injured. The aircraft then speeded off the tarmac damaging itself.
“At around 9:20 am, the pilot of a Jaguar aircraft, on a routine mission from Jamnagar, safely ejected when the aircraft developed a snag during the landing phase. It was a minor accident. Pilot is safe,” said an IAF official. According to him, the plane has not crash landed, as it had only developed a technical snag. There was only minor damage to the fighter jet.
A Court of Inquiry has been ordered by the Air Force to look into the incident.
This is the second IAF Jaguar incident in the last 72 hours. On June 6, a Jaguar crashed in Kutch in the state of Gujarat soon after take-off at around 10:30 am local time, killing the pilot. The pilot, Air Commodore Sanjay Chauhan suffered fatal injuries in the crash. He was the Air Officer Commanding (AOC) of Jamnagar Air Force Station. He was also a former Jaguar squadron commanding officer (No. 14 Squadron IAF (Bulls)) and a test pilot.
SEPECAT Jaguar is a British-French twin-engine, ground attack jet aircraft originally used by the British Royal Air Force and the French Air Force in the close air support and nuclear strike role. It is still in service in significantly upgraded form with the Indian Air Force.
The airframes were manufactured by SEPECAT (Société Européenne de Production de l’avion Ecole de Combat et d’Appui Tactique), a joint venture between Breguet and the British Aircraft Corporation, one of the first major joint-Anglo-French military aircraft programs.
Jaguar has a maximum speed of 1,350 kmph, (around Mach 1.3). The aircraft was exported to India, Oman, Ecuador and Nigeria.
The aircraft can penetrate deep behind enemy lines on bombing runs and is used by the Indian Air Force in the Deep Penetration Strike Aircraft (DPSA) role. The aircraft was inducted into the Indian Air Force in 1979, almost four decades ago.