Bikaner: IAF Fighter Jet MiG-21 Crashes, Pilot Marked Safe

An Indian Air Force fighter jet MiG-21 on Friday afternoon crashed near Bikanerdistrict in Rajasthan but the pilot ejected safely, the Defence Ministry said.

Spokesperson Colonel Sombit Ghosh said the MiG was on a routine mission and it crashed after getting airborne from Nal, near Bikaner.

Bikaner SP Pradeep Mohan Sharma told news agency PTI that the pilot ejected safely before the MiG-21 aircraft, which was on a routine mission, crashed in Shoba Sar ki Dhani area.

According to media reports, the initial inputs suggest bird hit be the likely cause, a court of inquiry (CoI) will probe the cause of the incident.

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The Bikaner SP said the MIG aircraft crashed in Shobhasar ki Dhani, 12 km from Bikaner city. He added that following the incident, police teams rushed the spot to cordon off the area. No loss of life was reported.

This comes a week after a Mi-17 chopper crashed in an open field near Garend Kalan village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam. One civilian and six IAF personnel were killed in the incident.

According to experts, the MiG-21 was used to counter Pakistan’s F-16 offensive because it has a delta wing, similar to the Mirage 2000 and LCA Tejas, which makes it highly manoeuvrable in dogfights.

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