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IAF jet successfully lands on Yamuna Expressway

PTI New Delhi | Updated on January 23, 2018

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A Mirage 2000 aircraft of the Indian Air Force lands on the Yamuna Expressway, near Mathura, on Thursday. Photo courtesy: IAF

The Indian Air Force successfully landed the fighter jet on the expressway as part of its trial to land aircraft on national highways during emergencies. Photo: Special Arrangement

In a first, a Mirage 2000 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force today successfully landed on the Yamuna Expressway, near Mathura, as part of trials to use national highways for emergency landing.

The aircraft landed at about 6:40 am, senior IAF officers said, adding that the force has plans to activate more such stretches on highways in the future.

The IAF has been considering the use of national highways for emergency landing by fighter aircraft.

For today’s trial, all facilities like make shift Air Traffic Control, safety services, rescue vehicles, bird clearance parties and other requirements were set in place by the IAF.

“The operation was conducted in coordination with District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police of Agra and Mathura,” an IAF statement said.

The aircraft first made a practice approach on the highway coming down to 100 metres before landing on the next approach.

IAF officials said such landings can be carried out in emergencies if an active airport is not available under certain circumstances.

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