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Date: 13th Apr 2011, Wednesday

HJT-36 Sitara R&D Jet Crashed

A developmental model of an Intermediate Jet Trainer, HAL HJT-36 Sitara, crashed yesterday in the Tamil Nadu region, Southern India. Group Captain Mathur of HAL and co- pilot, Wing Commander Patra of Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE) ejected to safety. The aircraft is scheduled to enter Indian Air Force service in 2013. In recent years the program suffered several mishaps, both occurring during takeoff and landing.

Updated On: 12.12.13