An Indian Air Force MiG-27 combat aircraft crashed in an agriculture field near Jodhpur in Rajastan during a routine mission Tuesday morning.
According to local reports, the Russian-made aircraft crashed at 9.02am, within minutes of taking off from the Jodhpur Air Base. The pilot of the aircraft ejected safely and no causalities were reported on ground.
“A MiG 27 aircraft airborne from Jodhpur crashed during a routine mission today morning. The pilot ejected safely”, defence spokesperson Colonel Sombit Ghosh said.
Eyewitnesses said that they saw two fighter jets flying together, but one of them suddenly took a turn towards the open field and crashed near Devalia village in Banad area.
The spokesperson added that a Court of Inquiry (CoI) has been ordered investigate the cause of the incident.
Mikoyan MiG-27 “Flogger-D/J”
Mikoyan MiG-27 (NATO reporting name: Flogger-D/J) is a variable-geometry ground-attack aircraft, originally built by the Mikoyan-Gurevich design bureau in the Soviet Union and later licence-produced in India by Hindustan Aeronautics as the MiG-27M Bahadur (“Valiant”).
The aircraft is based on the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 fighter jet, but optimized for air-to-ground attack. Unlike the MiG-23, the MiG-27 did not see widespread use outside Russia, as most countries opted for MiG-23BN and Sukhoi Su-22 instead.
MiG-27 remains in service with the Indian, Kazakh and Sri Lankan Air Forces in the ground attack role. All Russian and Ukrainian MiG-27s have been retired.