A frontline SEPECAT Jaguar fighter jet of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed on Tuesday in Jamnagar, Gujarat, killing the high-ranking pilot flying the aircraft.
The Jaguar took off from the Jamnagar air base on a routine mission and crashed at around 10.30 am. The debris of the fighter aircraft was strewn far and wide throughout the Bareja village, where the aircraft crashed.
The village is located near Mundra in the Kutch region of the state.
Air Commodore Sanjay Chauhan, the pilot of the IAF Jaguar, sustained fatal injuries in the crash.
The IAF has ordered a Court of Inquiry to ascertain the cause of the crash.
The Jaguar is one of the oldest fighter jets in IAF’s fleet. Primarily used for ground attack role, the Jaguars in the IAF are being upgraded to meet modern-day requirements.