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Two Indian Air Force pilots killed in plane crash

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NEW DELHI: The Indian Air Force said two of its pilots were killed Thursday after their plane crashed in a remote northeastern state.

The microlight plane crashed soon taking off for a routine sortie from Johrat airbase in Assam state.

An Air Force official said the pilots attempted an emergency landing but the plane crashed and burst into flames. The incident took place at Sumoimari Chapori, an officer told.

The micro-light aircraft crashed soon after it took off from the Jorhat Air Base on a routine sortie around noon. The wreckage of the plane has been sighted and a court of inquiry ordered, officials said.

It is suspected that the crash took place due to technical reasons, officials added.

Tezpur-based defence spokesperson Lt. Col. Harshvardhan Pande told, that the two pilots killed in the crash were identified as Wing Commander Jai Paul James and Wing Commander D Vats.

The pilots attempted an emergency landing but the aircraft crashed at a sand bar in the northern part of the district and went up in flames, the official said.

The crash took place at Darbar Chapori, a sand bar in the Brahmaputra, where there is no human habitation. People from other villages of the district spotted the aircraft going up in flames and informed the district authorities.


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