Another IAF MiG-21 falls out of the sky

IAF said in a statement that the MiG-21 was on a routine mission


News Desk March 08, 2019
A soldier stands guard as an Indian Air Force AN-32 transport aircraft carrying security personnel takes-off from the technical airport in Jammu February 9, 2008. PHOTO: REUTERS





An Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-21 Bison aircraft crashed in the state of Rajasthan  – New Delhi's fourth loss of an aerial asset in under two weeks – on Friday, reported India Today.

The IAF claimed the jet crashed after suffering from a bird strike while it was on a routine training sortie and added that pilots ejected and were "safe".

A local police official said the MiG-21 crashed around 12 kilometres from Bikaner.

 

The IAF added in a statement that the MiG-21 had taken off from the IAF's Nal airbase.

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"Today afternoon a MiG-21 aircraft on a routine mission crashed after getting airborne from Nal near Bikaner. Initial inputs indicate the likely cause as bird hit after take off. Pilot of the aircraft ejected safely. A CoI [Court of Inquiry] will investigate the cause of the accident."

The MiG-21 crash in Rajasthan comes at a time of heightened tensions between India and Pakistan.

Indian and Pakistani jets got into a dogfight on February 27 leading to the brief capture of Indian Air Force's Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman and the shooting down of two IAF jets.



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