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Indian air force Mig-27 fighter crash kills one, injures 25

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Indian air force Mig-27 fighter crash kills one, injures 25

(Source: Xinhua) 2010-07-25

  JALPAIGURI, India, July 24 (Xinhua) -- A Mig-27 fighter jet of the Indian Air Force crashed in a field on Saturday, killing one person on the ground and injuring 25 others, police said.

  B. Rai, a farmer who was cultivating his field at that time, was killed when the Mig fighter crashed.

  The incident took place at Bhotputti village in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal state in east India.

  "Twenty-five people were injured when the aircraft crashed, of whom five are in a serious condition at present and have been sent to hospitals," superintendent of police Anand Kumar said in a statement.

  The Mig-27 took off from the Hashimara air base on a routine sortie and crashed minutes later around 25 km away from the base.

  Anand Kumar said that the pilot ejected from the aircraft but was injured in the process.

  "The pilot - Saket Verma - has been hospitalized," Anand Kumar added.

  An earlier report by the Indo-Asian News Service said two pilots were killed in the crash.


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