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    An Indian Air Force "Jaguar" fighter crashed in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, in the north of India, the Times of India reports.

    The jet was on a routine mission from Gorakhpur. The pilot manged to eject safely, according to reports.

    "This morning, a Jaguar aircraft crashed while on a routine mission from Gorakhpur. The pilot ejected safely. A court of inquiry has been ordered to investigate the accident," the Indian Air Force said a statement.

    There is no information about the cause of the crash yet.

    Video filmed at the scene of the crash shows flaming debris and a large crowd of eyewitnesses.

    Authorities are investigating the accident.

    Earlier, in September, an Indian Air Force MiG-27 fighter jet crashed during a routine flight near the city of Jodhpur in the country's northern state of Rajasthan; the pilot managed to eject safely.

    The Jaguar is a twin-engine, ground attack aircraft which was designed and developed jointly by Breguet of France (now part of Dassault) and the UK-based British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) in the 1960's; India started using the planes in 1979.


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