New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: A MiG-29 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force, which was on a training mission, crashed in Punjab's Hoshiarpur district on Friday afternoon, said the officials while adding that a probe has also been ordered into the incident.

As per reports, the aircraft developed a technical snag and the pilot lost its control. 

The IAF officials said that the pilot was able to eject safely and no damage has been reported so far. The pilot was taken directly to a nearby hospital after the crash, the officials said.

"One Mig-29 aircraft airborne on a training mission from an Air Force base near Jalandhar met with an accident. The aircraft had developed a technical snag and the pilot ejected safely as he was unable to control the aircraft. A Court of Inquiry has been ordered," IAF officials said in a statement, as reported by news agency ANI.

"A MIG Fighter Plane crashed at Chuharpur Village District Nawanshahar today. The Pilot is safe and has been taken to nearby Samundra Village of Hoshiarpur," Government of Punjab tweeted.

In February this year, a MiG-29K fighter aircraft of the Indian Navy had crashed in Goa during a routine training sortie. Following the incident, an inquiry was ordered.

The Mikoyan MiG-29K is a Russian all-weather carrier-based multirole fighter aircraft developed by the Mikoyan Design Bureau. It was developed in the late 1980s from the MiG-29M and the Mikoyan describes it as a 4+ generation aircraft.

In 2016, the MiG-29K fighter jet was heavily criticised by India's national auditor CAG due to defects in engines, airframes and fly-by-wire systems. The serviceability of MiG-29K was reported ranging from 15.93 per cent to 37.63 per cent being rejected/withdrawn from service due to design defects. These defects are likely to reduce the service life of the aircraft from the stated 6,000 hours.

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