An Indian Air Force pilot’s prompt action in avoiding a major mishap during a training mission from AFS Ambala earned special praise from the force. After being hit by a flock of birds, the IAF pilot, tackling a failing engine, dropped two additional fuel drop tanks & CBLS Pods as per standard operating procedure to not only save the aircraft, but also the lives of the civilians of the area.
The official Twitter handle of the IAF shared a video of the dramatic incident where one can see the IAF Jaguar aircraft taking off from the runway. As it takes flight and reaches high up the skies, the aircraft can be seen dropping fuel drop tanks & CBLS Pods, that explodes on hitting the ground.
Narrating what transpired, the IAF handle tweeted, “#SavingLives: On the morning of 27 June19, an IAF Jaguar aircraft loaded with two additional fuel drop tanks & Carrier Bomb Light Stores (CBLS) pods took off from AFS Ambala for a training mission. Immediately after take off, the aircraft encountered a flock of birds.”
“The bird hit resulted in the failure of one of its engines. Despite most serious emergencies staring in his face, the young pilot assessed the situation in seconds, jettisoned two additional fuel drop tanks & CBLS Pods as per Standard Operating Procedure & safely landed the a/c.
“His actions bear testimony to the highest professional standards of the IAF resulting from extensive operational training. The professionalism & quick thinking by the pilot not only saved a war waging asset but also the lives of many civilians in the area adjoining the airfield.”
Watch the video here: