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IAF’s MIG-27 Fighter Jet crashes near Jodhpur in Rajasthan

The Mig-27 fighter jet was on a routine sortie when the accident took place leaving at least two injured near Jodhpur air base

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A Mig-27 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF). Image source: Wikimedia Commons
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  • The  Mig-27 fighter jet was on a routine sortie when the accident occurred
  • To investigate the accident, a court of enquiry has been ordered
  • Rafale jets and the indigenously-built Light Combat Aircraft ‘Tejas’ will be introduced within 2 years

On Monday, June 13, a Mig-27 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) has crashed near Jodhpur in Rajasthan, said officials. Even though the aircraft crashed, the pilot ejected safely from the aircraft.

In a statement, Defence Public Relations Officer (PRO) Manish Ojha said, “An IAF MIG-27 aircraft crashed near Jodhpur on Monday at about 11.30 a.m. The aircraft was airborne from Jodhpur airbase and was on a routine training sortie. The pilot ejected safely.”

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The  Mig-27 fighter jet was on a routine sortie when the accident took place leaving at least two injured near Jodhpur air base. MiG-27 jets are known to be IAF’s one of the oldest of aircrafts and will be discontinued soon.

Last year in 2015, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said to a news channel that all MIG-27s which have not been upgraded will be phased out in the next couple of years after the introduction of Rafale jets and the indigenously-built Light Combat Aircraft ‘Tejas’.

To investigate the accident, a court of enquiry has been ordered, said Ojha.

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“A house has been damaged while some nearby houses have reported cracks. However, no casualty or serious injuries have been reported to anyone from the area where the plane crashed,” a police official told IANS on phone from Jodhpur. (IANS)

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Sees Passenger Flights By 2025 On Tiny Electric Plane: Norway

Norway tops the world league for per capita sales of electric cars

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People watch a test flight of a two-seat electric plane made by Slovenian firm Pipistrel at Oslo Airport, Norway, June 18, 2018.
People watch a test flight of a two-seat electric plane made by Slovenian firm Pipistrel at Oslo Airport, Norway, June 18, 2018. VOA

Norway tested a two-seater electric plane on Monday and predicted a start to passenger flights by 2025 if new aviation technologies match a green shift that has made Norwegians the world’s top buyers of electric cars.

Transport Minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen and Dag Falk-Petersen, head of state-run Avinor which runs most of Norway’s airports, took a few minutes’ flight around Oslo airport in an Alpha Electro G2 plane, built by Pipistrel in Slovenia.

“This is … a first example that we are moving fast forward” towards greener aviation, Solvik-Olsen told Reuters. “We do have to make sure it is safe – people won’t fly if they don’t trust it.”

He said plane makers such as Boeing and Airbus were developing electric aircraft and that battery prices were tumbling, making it feasible to reach a government goal of making all domestic flights in Norway electric by 2040.

Norwegian Transport Minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen and head of the Avinor Dag Falk-Petersen stand next to a two-seat electric plane made by Slovenian company Pipistrel at Oslo Airport, Norway, June 18, 2018.
Norwegian Transport Minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen and head of the Avinor Dag Falk-Petersen stand next to a two-seat electric plane made by Slovenian company Pipistrel at Oslo Airport, Norway, June 18, 2018. VOA

Asked when passenger flights in electric planes could start, Falk-Petersen, the pilot, said: “My best guess is before 2025 … It should all be electrified by 2040.”

The two said the plane, with a takeoff weight of 570 kg (1255 lb), was cramped and buffeted by winds but far quieter than a conventional plane run on fossil fuels.

Norway tops the world league for per capita sales of electric cars such as Teslas, Nissan Leafs or Volkswagen Golfs, backed by incentives such as big tax breaks, free parking and exemptions from road tolls.

In May 2018, 56 percent of all cars sold in Norway were either pure electric or hybrids against 46 percent in the same month of 2017, according to official statistics.

Norway, a mountainous country of five million people where fjords and remote islands mean many short-hop routes of less than 200 kms, would be ideal for electric planes, Solvik-Olsen said. Also, 98 percent of electricity in Norway is generated from clean hydro power.

Some opposition politicians said the government needed to do far more to meet green commitments in the 200-nation Paris climate agreement.

A two-seat electric plane made by Slovenian firm Pipistrel stands outside a hangar before a test flight at Oslo Airport, Norway, June 18, 2018.
A two-seat electric plane made by Slovenian firm Pipistrel stands outside a hangar before a test flight at Oslo Airport, Norway, June 18, 2018. VOA

“This is a start … but we have to make jet fuel a lot more expensive,” said Arild Hermstad, a leader of the Green Party.

The first electric planes flew across the English Channel in July 2015, including an Airbus E-Fan. French aviator Louis Bleriot who was first to fly across the Channel, in 1909, in a fossil-fuel powered plane.

Electric planes so far have big problems of weight, with bulky batteries and limited ranges. Both Falk-Petersen and Solvik-Olsen said they had been on strict diets before the flight.

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“My wife is happy about it,” Solvik-Olsen said. (VOA)