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Air Marshal Punches Out of Doomed Mirage
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Issue Net Edition | Date : 15 May , 2012

He’s the senior most Indian Air Force officer ever to eject. Air Marshal Anil Chopra, currently Air Officer in charge of Personnel (AOP) at IAF HQ punched out of a Dassault Mirage 2000TH operational trainer over Central India just after noon. Air Marshal Chopra, Commodore Commandant of 1 Squadron Tigers was in Gwalior for a reunion of the elite Mirage unit and a tour of the base. A passionate fighter pilot, the Air Marshal Chopra doesn’t get to fly as often as he’d really like.

On Friday, he flew front cockpit with Tigers squadron commander Wing Commander Ram Kumar. Over Bhind, an area replete with ravines, the aircraft’s Snecma M53 flamed out. After a series of relight attempts failed, the pilots initiated ejection procedures and bailed out. They were picked up a SAR helicopter shortly thereafter and transferred to the military hospital in Gwalior. Both are safe and in good health.

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