Two Dead As IAF Aircraft Crashes in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam

Jammu and Kashmir Indian Air Force aircraft crashes in Budgam district say reports

Jammu and Kashmir Indian Air Force aircraft crashes in Budgam district say reports

Budgam: A military aircraft crashed on Wednesday in Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam district, officials said. If the eye-witnesses are to be believed, a civilian has also been killed. A "technical fault" is said to be the reason behind the crash. The crash took place in Garend Kalan village of Budgam at around 10.40 am and two people are feared dead.

The jet broke into two and caught fire immediately, the officials were quoted as saying by PTI. The identity of the deceased could not be confirmed immediately. Both the pilots - Squadron leader Negi and Squadron leader Abrol - of the fighter aircraft had died in the Mirage 2000 crash.

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Operation of commercial flights in the area has been put on hold. "Only IAF can give further details", she said. Latest reports say that Srinagar Airport has been shut down.

The incident occurs amid escalating tensions between Pakistan and India, a day after Indian jets violated Pakistani airspace by intruding from the Muzaffarabad sector.

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