An IAF MiG-27 fighter jet on Tuesday crashed near Hashimara in West Bengal killing its pilot in the first such mishap this year.
"The MiG-27 crashed today and a pilot was killed in the mishap," an IAF officer said.
The aircraft had taken off from Hashimara air base where a fighter squadron is based and was doing a sortie to Bagdogra when the mishap happened.
Wing commander Oswald who was flying the aircraft was killed in the aircrash, the officer said. The Eastern Air Command headquarters in Shillong has ordered a probe into the incident.
Last year, there were 11 air crashes including a couple of MiG 27s, denting the IAF's air safety record.
SOURCE : Press Trust Of India
New Delhi/Shillong, February 16, 2010
Last Updated: 23:15 IST(16/2/2010)