Two IAF pilots killed in Assam crash (Lead)
New Delhi/Guwahati Feb 15 (IANS) Two pilots of Indian Air Force (IAF) were killed on Thursday when their microlight aircraft crashed on Assam s Majuli island officials said.
The microlight 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.