Military trainer aircraft crashes in southern India, pilot ejects safely

Ebony Scott
November 26, 2017

The trainer aircraft had been taken off from Hakimpet Air Force station, which was on a training flight. No causality was reported.

An Indian Air Force (IAF) trainee pilot, Rashi Rehna, escaped unhurt when the trainer aircraft, Kiran, that she was flying blew up at Duddeda village in Kondapaka mandal of Siddipet around 2 p.m. on Friday.

A court of Inquiry has been ordered into the cause of the crash, a defence release says. After ejecting safely, and despite the pain in her leg, Cadet Raina was seen on videos immediately calling up supervisors on the phone and explaining the situation. She has been rushed to a nearby corporate hospital. The crash happened about 90 km from Hyderabad.

The Indian Air Force had planned to phase out the Kiran from 2014 onwards but has been forced to repeatedly extend the retirement date as state-owned aircraft manufacturer HAL has failed to develop its replacement to date. Kiran, the aircraft took off from the Hakimpet airbase in the afternoon.

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This is the second crash in the last two months. The aircraft crashed in a field near the airforce station.

However, they said that they would stay here for three to four days to collect all the details and mangled remains of aircraft.

On October 30, a door of a helicopter of the Telangana Aviation Academy detached and fell on a house at Lalaguda in the city.

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