Tejas fighter jet crashes in India for the first time in 23 years

A mishap occurred when an Indian Air Force aircraft named Tejas crashed into a student hostel in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan during a routine training flight. Fortunately, the pilot managed to eject safely, and there were no casualties reported on the ground.

This incident marks the first crash of the fighter plane since its inaugural test flight back in 2001. The Indian Air Force introduced the aircraft into its fleet in 2016.

The crash occurred around 2 pm in close proximity to Lakshmi Chand Sanwal Colony. An investigation has been initiated to determine the cause of the crash.

Following the impact, the aircraft caught fire, but authorities successfully extinguished the flames. It remains unclear whether the plane was engaged in any combat activities in Rajasthan.

An eyewitness reported observing the pilot eject before hearing a loud explosion upon the aircraft’s crash. Both the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force utilize the Tejas fighter aircraft, renowned for its lightweight design suitable for close combat and ground support operations.

Constructed from composite materials, the Tejas boasts remarkable agility and compactness compared to its counterparts in the same category.

The initial squadron to incorporate the Tejas was the “Flying Daggers” in 2016, followed by the No 18 Squadron receiving the aircraft in 2020. Presently, the Indian Air Force operates 40 Tejas MK-1 aircraft, with an additional 83 Tejas MK-1A fighters anticipated under a contract valued at over ₹36,000 crore.

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