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Watch Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 fighter jet land on Yamuna Expressway to Taj Mahal

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In an absolute first, the Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully conducted an emergency landing test of a fighter jet on the Agra Yamuna Expressway leading to the Taj Mahal today. A Mirage 2000 fighter jet was made to land on the highway, instead of a normal runway, to ascertain alternate landing sites in case of emergencies and war.

The IAF announced that it has plans to activate more such stretches on highways in the future. The air force made sure that the entire stretch was cleared out, and proper security precautions were in place before the test was carried out. This move to test secondary runways is done by the IAF is seen as a significant step ahead in military aviation.

“The aircraft made a practice approach on the highway, coming down to a height of 100 metres before landing off the next approach. The operations were conducted with active support from the government of Uttar Pradesh, Yamuna Expressway Authority, toll authorities of JP Infratech and the civil police,” the IAF said in a statement soon after the landing.

No sooner did the jet successfully land, did the story go viral on social media. Many were congratulating the IAF, and were bursting with pride on this achievement. The hashtag #YamunaExpressway started trending on Twitter and is still on one of the top spots in India. 

Watch the Mirage 2000 emergency land successfully on the Yamuna Expressway towards Taj Mahal:

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  • Published Date: May 21, 2015 4:04 PM IST
  • Updated Date: May 21, 2015 4:13 PM IST



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