Sunday, July 25, 2010

MiG-27 Crash Toll Rises to 3

 The black box of the MiG-27 aircraft, which crashed yesterday in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district, was retrieved today as the toll rose to three, with two more persons succumbing to their injuries.

The black box or digital flight data recorder was located from near the spot in Bhotputti village where the crash took place, a senior Air Force officer said. The MiG-27 had taken off from the Hashimara Air Base on a routine sortie and crashed within minutes, killing one person on the ground and injuring many.

A farmer, Bholen Roy, who was cultivating his field, was killed when the fighter jet crashed between Moynaguri and Chengrabandha. Two more persons, who were seriously injured, later died at hospital, taking the toll due to the crash to three. Teenager Purnima Rai succumbed to her burn injuries at the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital last night. — PTI

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