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IAF jet crashes in Kashmir, two killed

PTI Srinagar | Updated on February 27, 2019 Published on February 27, 2019

The flare up in the cross-LoC shelling has also resulted in security forces and other establishments being put on a heightened alert. File photo   -  PTI

An IAF jet crashed on Wednesday in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, killing two people, officials said.

The jet crashed in an open field near Garend Kalaan village in Budgam at 10.05 am, the officials said.

The jet broke into two and caught fire immediately, the officials said.

The identity of the two deceased could not be confirmed immediately, they said.

Srinagar, Jammu, Leh airports closed

Srinagar, Jammu and Leh airports were closed for civilian air traffic shortly after the IAF jet crashed.

“The civilian air traffic has been suspended temporarily in view of the emergency,” an official of the Airport Authority of India (AAI) said.

While the official did not specify the nature of the emergency, it is believed the step was taken in view of an IAF jet crashing in Budgam district this morning.

Jammu and Leh airports have also been closed for civilian traffic.

The flare up in the cross-LoC shelling, which was initiated by Pakistani troops in early hours of Wednesday has also resulted in security forces and other establishments being put on a heightened alert.

Published on February 27, 2019

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