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Fighter captain injured
- Jaguar crashes in North Sikkim, pilot bails out

Nov. 30: A Jaguar fighter of the Indian Air Force crashed in a forest in north Sikkim this afternoon during a routine sortie, moments after the pilot had bailed out.

Flt. Lt. Yogesh Yadav had taken off from Hashimara Air Force Station in Jalpaiguri and he suffered serious injuries in the accident. The fighter crashed around 1.30pm near Leek in Dzongu, around 45km from Mangan, the headquarters of the North district.

“The Jaguar was on a routine sortie and took off from Hashimara Air Force Station (in Jalpaiguri). The pilot had managed to eject before the crash,” an IAF official said over the phone from the Eastern Air Command in Shillong.

P.W. Lepcha, the subdivisional magistrate of Mangan, said the pilot had been rescued by local people after they had seen him bailing out of the aircraft. Lepcha reached Leek along with some others this evening.

“The crash spot is inaccessible by roads. We had to walk for about an hour to reach the village,” said Lepcha.

“I had talked to the villagers and have learnt that the pilot has suffered major injuries and probably, there is a fracture on his right hand. He was initially taken to a school nearby and is being ferried to the village now,” he added.

The villagers had witnessed the pilot parachuting. Nobody could say how he was injured.

An IAF source said two helicopters had been pressed into service for rescue and relief operations. “A court of inquiry has also been ordered,” said the source.