Miraculous escape for students, residents as fighter jet crashes in Kashmir

Miraculous escape for students, residents as fighter jet crashes in Kashmir

Frightened students and residents around the crash site told Greater Kashmir that they thought “it was the end of their life”.

Hundreds of students had a miraculous escape Monday when a MIG-21 fighter plane of Air Force crashed metres away from the school building in Soibug area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

Frightened students and residents around the crash site told Greater Kashmir that they thought “it was the end of their life”.

“The MiG exploded with a deafening noise at around 11am. Had it not crashed inside the trees, it would have damaged the school building or some residential house,” a resident said.

Though the pilot ejected safely from the fighter jet, the paddy fields spread on several hectares of land were destroyed by the army men who landed copters there and launched a search operation around the site after the crash.

It was not immediately known what caused the crash. However, a court of inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the crash, an army spokesman added.

The jet had taken off from Srinagar airport and was apparently headed back when it crashed.