( dpa ) - An Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-27 combat jet crashed in the eastern state of West Bengal on Thursday but the pilot managed to eject safely, officials said.
"The aircraft had taken off on Thursday afternoon from the Hashimara airbase located over 450 kilometres north of state capital Kolkata," an IAF spokesman said in New Delhi.
"The fighter jet crashed more than 10 kilometres near the base soon after, but the pilot Wing Commander J Singh managed to eject to safety," he added.
There were no reports of any casualties or damage to property on the ground and the pilot was moved to an Air Force hospital for treatment.
IAF officials said they were investigating the cause of the crash.
An alarming number of MiG series fighters, which constitute nearly 70 per cent of India's fleet, have crashed in past years.
The air force is currently in the process of phasing out the MiGs, which are so accident-prone they have been dubbed "flying coffins."
Of the 794 MiG aircraft used by the IAF since 1963, more than 330 have been lost in accidents, according to the Defence Ministry.