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IAF Hawk trainer aircraft crashes in West Bengal; pilots eject safely

ByNE India Broadcast

Feb 13, 2024

In a recent incident at the Kalaikunda airbase in West Bengal, a Hawk trainer aircraft belonging to the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed during a routine training sortie. Fortunately, both pilots aboard the aircraft were able to eject safely, avoiding any casualties. The aircraft, a product of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), is primarily used for the training of pilots. Thankfully, there have been no reports of loss of life or damage to civilian property as a result of the crash.

In response to the incident, the IAF has initiated a Court of Inquiry (CoI) to thoroughly investigate the cause of the mishap.

 

 

The official Twitter account of the Indian Air Force confirmed the incident, stating, “One Hawk trainer aircraft of the Indian Air Force met with an accident at Kalaikunda, West Bengal today during a training sortie. Both the pilots ejected safely. A Court of Inquiry has been constituted to find out the cause of the accident. No loss of life or damage to civilian property.”

The Hawk trainer aircraft is an integral part of the training regimen for pilots transitioning to high-performance fighter jets. Manufactured by BAE Systems, it is equipped with a jet-powered advanced trainer design, featuring a tandem-seat cockpit.

Source: PTI Photo

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