Ahmedabad: A MiG-29 fighter plane of the Indian Air Force (IAF) Friday crashed shortly after take-off near Jamnagar airbase in Gujarat while on a routine training sortie, authorities said. The pilot, however, ejected safely.
There was no reported damage to any civilian life or property in the incident, according to an official release.
The aircraft took off from the Jamnagar airbase and shortly afterwards crashed in the fields near Vasay village, around 280 km west of Ahmedabad, on the Gulf of Kutch coast.
"One MiG-29 aircraft of the IAF crashed near Jamnagar airbase on Nov 8, 2013 at about 11.29 a.m. The pilot, who was airborne on a routine flying training sortie, ejected safely," the release said.
An inquiry has been ordered into the cause of the accident.
The pilot was not injured.