The Indian Air Force's Jaguar aircraft, a deep strike fighter plane capable of carrying nuclear payload, on Tuesday caught fire minutes before take off at Ambala air base but the pilot got out safely. Defence sources said the pilot spotted fire during the take-off roll, aborted the take-off and carried out safe exit.
“Today (Tuesday) evening at Ambala airfield, a Jaguar aircraft aborted take-off while getting airborne for a routine night flying mission. The pilot carried out safe and quick exit. The aircraft caught fire,” an IAF spokesperson said in New Delhi. A court of inquiry has been ordered into the accident.
On Saturday, a MiG-21 trainer aircraft crashed in Rajasthan's Barmer district but both the pilots ejected safely. The MiG-21 T-69 aircraft, which took off from the Uttarlai air force station in Barmer, crashed near the airbase. Ambala DC Prabhjot Singh, quoting a senior IAF official, said the incident occurred at around 8pm.