Fuel tank falls off Tejas aircraft near Coimbatore, IAF probing incident

Part of the fuel tank found in a field in Irugur.

Coimbatore: A fuel tank fell off a Tejas aircraft, which was on a sortie, in an agricultural field on the city’s outskirts early today, the police said.

Defence sources in Chennai confirmed that a fuel tank from a Tejas aircraft fell and said “all (was) safe”, indicating that there were no injuries.

Agricultural labourers in Irugur village were shocked to see the 1,200-litre petrol tank fall from the sky. It caused a three-foot deep crater and a minor fire, the police added.

However, the combat jet landed safely in the nearby Sulur Air Force station, they said. Officials of the Indian Air Force and the police are at the spot.

IAF officials said the cause of the accident is being investigated.