Kharagpur: A Hawk advanced trainer aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed minutes after it took off from the Air Force base in West Bengal today. Both pilots of the jet ejected safely.The aircraft developed a snag after taking off from Kalaikunda air force base in West Midnapore around 1100 hours.
It crashed inside the boundary of the base. IAF sources said that the aircraft developed a technical problem at about 1100 hours, minutes after taking off from Kalaikunda air station in West Bengal, where another Hawk had crashed in June last year. Last month, a transport plane of the IAF – an AN-32 – went missing shortly after take-off from Chennai. It was carrying 29 people to Port Blair.
The crash occurred within the boundary of the air station, 138 kms from here, and the two pilots ejected safely, they said. “A Court of Inquiry has been instituted into the crash,” an IAF source said.
Search operations for the missing plane are still on. There has been no sign of debris or oil slick on the sea surface yet.