Hawk trainer jet crashes in West Bengal state of India

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Indian Air Force trainer jet crashes in West Bengal state, both pilots ejected safely.

The jet crashed around 11:00 am on Thursday in the Eastern Indian state of West Bengal. Both pilots successfully ejected from the aircraft and are in good condition according to Indian media.

The IAF received 24 aircraft directly from BAE Systems with deliveries beginning in November 2007, and further 42 Hawks assembled by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited between 2008 and 2011. In February 2008, India planned to order 57 more Hawks, with 40 going to the Indian Air Force and the remaining 17 to the Indian Navy.

In July 2010, it was announced that the IAF and the Navy would receive the additional 57 aircraft. The additional aircraft will be all built in India by Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL), continuing to work under licence from BAE. In February 2011, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and GE Aviation signed a contract under which GE Aviation will conduct the next 30 years of maintenance on the Hawk fleet.


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