An Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-27 plane crashed Tuesday near Jodhpur in Rajasthan during a routine mission. The pilot ejected safely. The IAF has ordered a court of inquiry into the crash. The IAF still has two squadrons of the aging MiG-27 fighter planes that are slated for retirement next year. In June, a MiG-27 upgrade aircraft on a routine mission sortie crashed in the residential area in Jodhpur. In that crash, the pilot, Flying Officer Kandpal, ejected safely, seconds before the aircraft crashed, and there was no loss to the human lives at the site of the crash. Two houses and a vehicle parked nearby suffered major damages. The aircraft crashed barely 50 metres from the spot where the pilot himself had a narrow brush with death while ejecting out over an electric transformer in the local Bhaironath temple.