A Kiran trainer aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed near Sappayyanapalya village, some 9km from the Chamarajanagar district headquarters in Karnataka on June 1 at around 1 pm. The aircraft was on a routine training sortie at the time of the crash. Both the pilots are said to be safe.
A court of inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident. According to the Chamarajanagar administration, the debris from the incident site has been recovered by an IAF team. According to the police officials, both the pilots were airlifted in a helicopter and were shifted to Bengaluru. Upon hearing the news, locals rushed to the crash site and helped the police rescue the victims. Later, the police barricaded the crash site for further probe.
Note: The Kiran trainer aircraft is one of the cornerstone aircraft of the Indian Air Force's training fleet. Used for imparting basic flying skills to new pilots, the aircraft is considered to be one of the safest and most reliable in the IAF's arsenal. However, aviation accidents can happen to anyone, and the incident near Chamrajnagar serves as a grim reminder of the dangers our brave pilots face every day.