Indian MiG crashes, three killed

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  • Saturday, 05 Apr 2003

CHANDIGARH: At least three people were killed and two dozen injured yesterday when an Indian air force fighter jet crashed into three houses in the northern state of Punjab, the air force said. 

The pilot ejected safely from the Russian-designed MiG-23 fighter, which was on a routine mission when it hit the houses in the village of Mullanpua, 100km northwest of the state capital, Chandigarh. 

“About two dozen people received burn injuries. Several others are trapped in the debris and the exact number of injured and dead will only be known after the debris are cleared,” an air force spokesman said. 

Cranes were brought in to lift the wreckage of the plane from the houses that were reduced to rubble as firemen brought the blaze under control. 

It was the third time since mid-2002 that an Indian combat jet has crashed into residential areas in the state. – Reuters  

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