IAF's Tejas fighter jet crashes in Jaisalmer

First-ever crash of indigenously built Tejas; pilot ejects safely

Tejas aircraft crash Screengrab of rescue operation at site of Tejas aircraft crash

A Tejas fighter aircraft crashed in Jaisalmer during a training sortie, the Indian Air Force said. The pilot ejected safely, the IAF said.

“One Tejas aircraft of the Indian Air Force met with an accident at Jaisalmer, today during an operational training sortie. The pilot ejected safely. A Court of Inquiry has been constituted to find out the cause of the accident,” the IAF tweeted.

The home-grown Tejas is a single-engine multi-role fighter aircraft capable of operating in high-threat air environments. It has been designed to undertake air defence, maritime reconnaissance and strike roles.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi undertook a sortie on the indigenously built light combat fighter aircraft Tejas in Bengaluru recently.

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