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Two Indian military jets crash after apparent midair collision | News

In the state of Madhya Pradesh, rescue operations continue to assist the pilots of the Su-30 and Mirage-2000.

Two Indian Air Force fighter jets crashed after an apparent mid-air collision during an exercise about 300 kilometers south of the capital, New Delhi.

Both planes took off on Saturday morning from Gwalior Air Base, about 50 kilometers east of where they crashed.

“We found the wreckage of one of the planes and found the injured pilot in the forests of Pahadgarh,” officer Dharmender Gaur told AFP.

“The other plane probably crashed further away and we sent a team to look for it.”

Meanwhile, local administrator Ankit Astana told the Reuters news agency that two of the three crew members on one plane were rescued and taken to hospital.

The status of the third crew member was not immediately clear, and no details were given about the second aircraft’s crew.

The planes that crashed in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh were Su-30s and Mirage-2000s, the ANI news agency reported on Twitter, citing defense sources.

Saturday’s incident was the latest in a string of accidents involving the Indian Air Force.

Last October, five army soldiers died when their helicopter crashed in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, close to the country’s militarized and disputed border with China.

It was the second military helicopter crash in the northeastern state this month, coming weeks after a Cheetah helicopter crashed near the city of Tawang, killing the pilot.

Indian Defense Minister General Bipin Rawat was among 13 people killed when his Russian-made Mi-17 helicopter crashed while being transported to an air force base in December 2021.

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