Indian Air Force officer dies after ejector seat causes fatal head injury

Indian Air Force station Hakimpet
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An Indian Air Force officer has died after he sustained a head injury caused by an aircraft ejector seat. 

Local media reported that Corporal Harveer Choudhary was repairing a Kiran jet-powered trainer aircraft when the freak accident occurred. 

The tragic incident happened at Hakimpet Air Force Station in Telangana at around 2pm on February 3, 2024.  

Local police were informed of the death by Indian Air Force officials and attended the scene, reported India Today

It is understood that the aircraft’s ejector seat was activated while the Kiran was being repaired, fatally injuring the officer who died at the scene.  

The Indian Air Force has launched an investigation into how the accident was caused.  

Hakimpet Air Force Station is an Indian Air Force base run by Training Command, which is responsible for flying and ground training. 

The Conversion and Training Unit (CTU) was established at Hakimpet in 1951 to provide fighter conversion training to new Indian air Force recruits. 

The Conversion and Training Unit later became the Fighter Training Wing and Hakimpet airfield was established as an Air Force Station in December 1984. 

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