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Two IAF pilots killed in micro-light aircraft crash in Majuli

Two pilots of Indian Air Force (IAF) were killed on Thursday when their micro-light aircraft crashed on Assam’s Majuli Island, officials said.

The micro-light Virus SW-80 aircraft took off from Air Force Station Jorhat for a routine sortie around 12 noon and crashed shortly on the island, police and defence officials said.

The pilots – Wing Commanders J James and D Vats – attempted an emergency landing but the aircraft crashed in a sand bar and went up in flames. Both died in the crash.

A court of inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.

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