A MiG-27 aircraft of the IAF today crashed in a residential area of Jodhpur, with the pilot ejecting safely. The aircraft was on a routine training sortie when it crashed at 1130 hours.

The plane crashed adjacent to a house in an open area in Mahaveer Nagar, informed SHO Basni Police Station Rajesh Yadav.  

The plane caught fire after the crash and fire fighters were rushed to douse the blaze. 

The pilot was on a routine training mission. He had reported a technical problem and sought priority landing. However, as the engine had failed, he had to eject, IAF sources said. 

The area has been cordoned off and police officials have reached the spot. ACP Jodhpur (West) Sima Hingonia said a portion of a house where the plane crashed was damaged. 

A Court of Inquiry has now been ordered into the incident.