An Indian Air Force (IAF) Jaguar fighter aircraft suffered a bird hit when was on his way to take part in a training sortie.
The quick action of an Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot saved his Jaguar and a mishap was avoided, when the aircraft suffered a bird hit after the takeoff.
As per sources, the pilot managed to land back safely at the Ambala air base in Haryana.
Causing a panic in the residential area along the station boundary wall, jettisoned fuel tank from the Jaguar exploded on the boundary wall of IAF Station.
Also, the small practice bombs too fell outside the boundary wall of the station in the residential area of Baldev Nagar in Ambala district.
“The pilot jettisoned his fuel tanks and external stores, including some 10 kg practice bombs, to gain height and managed to land back safely,” said Air Force officials.
Fire brigade and ambulance personnel were dispatched to the scene and the small bombs dropped by the pilot have been recovered.
During in-flight emergencies, which this was, pilots are often required to drop under-wing stores such as bombs and external fuel tanks.