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    Kiran aircrafts of the Indian Air Force parked at Fighter Training Wing (FTW) at the Air Force Station Hakimpet in Hyderabad on October 5, 2017

    Indian Air Force Training Aircraft Crashes During Routine Mission

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    The Indian Air Force had planned to phase out the Kiran from 2014 onwards but has been forced to repeatedly extend the retirement date as state-owned aircraft manufacturer HAL has failed to develop its replacement to date.

    New Delhi (Sputnik) — A female cadet of the Indian Air Force suffered minor injuries as a Kiran MK-IA basic trainer aircraft crashed minutes after it took off from the Hakimpet airforce station Friday afternoon. It was on a routine training mission for the trainee pilot.

    "It crashed around 35 miles North East of the base. The trainee pilot ejected safely and landed on the ground with minor injuries. A court of inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident," the Indian Air Force said in a statement.

    According to local witnesses, parts of the aircraft totally disintegrated midair and fell over a large area near a building under construction and burned to ashes. "There was a loud explosion, and when I came out of my house, I saw smoke and burning pieces of the aircraft everywhere," local resident M Srinivas told Sputnik.

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    Earlier on September 28, another Kiran trainer that took off from Hakimpet air force station crashed in Keesara village. The two-seater HJT-16 Kiran is developed by the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and has been used as intermediate trainer aircraft since 1968.




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