An Indian Air Force fighter aircraft has crashed in an open area of Hoshiarpur in Punjab on Friday morning. According to sources from the Indian Air Force, the pilot was able to safely eject while escaping the crash and is safe though he has sustained minor injuries.
Sources added that the pilot observed a technical glitch in the aircraft and diverted its flight-path to an open area, saving numerous lives. A court of inquiry (CoI) has been ordered into the matter.
Giving this information, Hoshiarpur Senior Superintendent Of Police Gaurav Garg said, "the pilot successfully ejected out the aircraft and is now admitted to hospital in Hoshiarpur for check-up."
The Air Force has issued a statement, "On 08 May 20, at 1045h, one Mig-29 aircraft airborne on a training mission from an Air Force base near Jalandhar met with an accident. The aircraft had developed a technical snag and the pilot ejected safely as he was unable to control the aircraft. The pilot has been rescued by a helicopter. A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of accident."