The aircraft had taken off from Srinagar airfield and was on a "routine" training sortie.
Defence Spokesman Colonel SD Goswami told PTI that, "A Mig-21 Bison of IAF crashed in Soibugh area of Budgam district at around 10.59 am but there was no loss of life reported in the incident."
First visuals from the spot where Army helicopter crashed in Budgam(J&K). Pilot ejected safely pic.twitter.com/08bFZWHj5a— ANI (@ANI_news) August 24, 2015
IAF aircraft crash in Budgam(J&K): Visuals from the spot pic.twitter.com/pgpvXlehdX— ANI (@ANI_news) August 24, 2015
The pilot managed to eject from the plane "just in time" and he was retrieved from the crash scene by an army helicopter. A court of inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the crash, the spokesman added.