Saturday, June 29, 2019

IAF Jaguar suffers bird hit, pilot's action saves aircraft and lives

Ambala: A video released by the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Friday showed a Jaguar pilot jettisoning payload after encountering bird hit, shortly after taking off from the Ambala Air Force base. The action became necessary due to the failure of one of the engines after the bird hit.

The IAF in a tweet lauded the pilot for demonstrating "the highest professional standards of the IAF resulting from extensive operational training," that helped avoid collateral damage and loss of life and property on the ground.

In the video released by IAF on its official Twitter handle, the Jaguar is seen being hit by the flock of birds, barely ten seconds after take off. The young pilot was swift in reacting, and within seven seconds he jettisoned two additional fuel drop tanks as well as carrier bomb light stores (CBLS) pods and went on to safely land the aircraft.

The IAF tweeted, “#SavingLives: On the morning of 27 June19, an IAF Jaguar aircraft loaded with two additional fuel drop tanks & Carrier Bomb Light Stores (CBLS) pods took off from AFS Ambala for a training mission. Immediately after take off, the aircraft encountered a flock of birds. The bird hit resulted in the failure of one of its engines. Despite most serious emergencies staring in his face, the young pilot assessed the situation in seconds, jettisoned two additional fuel drop tanks & CBLS Pods as per Standard Operating Procedure & safely landed the a/c. His actions bear testimony to the highest professional standards of the IAF resulting from extensive operational training. The professionalism & quick thinking by the pilot not only saved a war waging asset but also the lives of many civilians in the area adjoining the airfield”
28/06/19 Jaskaran Singh/Times of India

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