An Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot is being praised for his reflexes and quick thinking to avoid a major accident after his Jaguar aircraft suffered a bird hit soon after take off from the Ambala airbase on Thursday (27 June).
In a video released by IAF, the aircraft can be seen getting hit by a flock of birds which resulted in engine failure. The pilot decided to tackle the situation head-on and decided to dump Carrier Bomb Light Stores (CBLS) pods and two additional fuel tanks.
The practice bombs can be seen exploding after the aircraft initiated a climb to subsequently land safely. This effort by the pilot has been praised by the IAF which affirmed its commitment to adhere to highest professional standards by providing extensive operational training.
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