IAF’s intermediate jet trainer Kiran crashes in Hakimpet, Telangana


In a setback to the training schedule of Indian Air Force, a Kiran trainer aircraft of the force has crashed in southern Indian state of Telangana on Wednesday.

The Kiran trainer aircraft was on a routine flying mission and it had taken off from Hakimpet Air Force station at around 11.30 am in the morning.

Indian Air Force said: “The aircraft crashed in the local flying area at approximately 1150 hrs. The pilot ejected safely.”

In an official statement, Indian Air Force said: “There are neither injuries reported from the civil populace nor any damage to property.”

Indian Air Force which imparts training to its pilots on intermediate jet trainer Kiran aircraft manufactured by public sector aviation major HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) also uses Hawk aircraft manufactured by BAE Systems for advanced flying training.

The cause of crash was not known immediately and the force has ordered a court of inquiry to investigate the accident.

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