IAF’s MiG-27 fighter jet crashes in Rajasthan, India

13 June 2016 (Last Updated June 13th, 2016 18:30)

An Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-27 fighter aircraft has crashed near Jodhpur in the state of Rajasthan, India.

An Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-27 fighter aircraft has crashed near Jodhpur in the state of Rajasthan, India.

The aircraft, which took off from Jodhpur Air Base, was on a routine training-flying sortie when it crashed on 13 June.

The pilot was able to successfully eject from the aircraft, which crashed into a vacant plot after hitting the wall of a house and causing minor injuries to some residents, NDTV reported.

A statement released by the Indian Ministry of Defence said that a court of inquiry has been ordered to investigate the accident.

"A statement released by the Indian Ministry of Defence said that a court of inquiry has been ordered to investigate the accident."

The IAF is currently cutting down its fleet size by phasing out the ageing MiG-27 planes.

Nearly 18 MiG-27 fighters have been removed this year, and three more will be retired over the next three years.

The IAF has 33 fighter squadrons, but the number may be reduced if the ageing planes are phased out.

Figures from a report presented in Parliament show that more than 90 fighters, including 11 MiG-27, have crashed in the last ten years.

Most of the MiG-27s crashed due to technical problems, the report said.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee has recommended external checks to be conducted before flying the aircraft.