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Indian Air Force Instructor Dies After Ejecting from Crashing Jet


An Indian air force jet has crashed during a routine training flight in the southern part of the country, killing the instructor.

A military spokesman said the Russian-built MiG-21 aircraft came down on Wednesday shortly after take-off from a training base near Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka state.

The spokesman said the pilot and his instructor ejected from the aircraft, but that the instructor suffered severe burns when his parachute caught fire from flames emitted by the fighter jet. He later died of his injuries in a hospital.

There were no reports of injuries or damage to property on the ground. An investigation is under way.

The Indian air force has been plagued by crashes, particularly among its aging MiGs used for training pilots.

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