Indian Air Force's microlight aircraft crashes in Assam, 2 pilots killed

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Two Indian Air Force pilots were killed in a plane crash near Jorhat in Assam today, official sources said.

Police in the island district confirmed the incident and the deaths.

The accident took place shortly after noon, minutes shortly after the pilots took off from Jorhat's airport, also known as Rworiah airport.

A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of the accident.

It is suspected that the crash took place due to technical reasons, officials added.

The two pilots on board who lost their lives were identified as Wing Commanders Jai Paul James and D Vats, News 18 quoted Defence Public Relations Officer Harsh Wardhan Pande as saying.

The wreckage of the aircraft has been sighted near Sumoimari village near Majuli river island.

A senior IAF official said that more details of the crash can only be obtained after the team reaches the site.