: Assam: The debris of an IAF helicopter that crashed at Horchapori in Majuli, Assam on Feb 15, 2018. .. Image Source: IANS

New Delhi/Guwahati, Feb 15 : Two pilots of Indian Air Force (IAF) were killed on Thursday when their microlight aircraft crashed on Assam's Majuli island, officials said.

The microlight Virus SW-80 aircraft took off from Air Force Station Jorhat for a routine sortie around 12 noon and crashed shortly on the island, police and defence officials said.

The pilots - Wing Commanders J. James and D. Vats - attempted an emergency landing but the aircraft crashed in a sand bar and went up in flames. Both died in the crash.

A court of inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.

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