JAISALMER: An Indian Air Force MiG-21 fighter aircraft crashed in Barmer area of Rajasthan on Saturday. The pilot and the co-pilot managed to eject safely.
The trainer aircraft crashed near a school at Mangi Ki Dhani in the desert district at 12.15 pm. The aircraft had taken off from Uttarlai airbase near Barmer.
Defence spokeperson Lt Col Manish Ojha confirmed the incident and said a court of inquiry has been ordered. ``Around 12:15 pm a MIG 21 T 69 Trainer aircraft, which was airborne from Uttarlai Airbase near Barmer, has crashed. Both Pilots ejected safely. No reported damage to civil or service property,'' he said.
District Collector Sudhir Kumar Sharma and Superintendent of Police Gagandeep Singhla rushed to the spot immediately. Singhla said that MiG 21, during its routine exercise took off from Uttarlai in Sadar police station area and after developing a technical snag, caught fire and exploded.
He said the debris of plane has been scattered in 2-3 kms area on sand dunes in Magni ki dhani. There is no news of any casualty. A retired cop reported the incident, following which the air force and the local police cordoned off the area.
How long govt will continue using these Flying Coffins? Modi announced purchase of Rafale jets 18 months before but no deal has been signed yet. Policy paralysis has joined paralysis of bureaucracy in the Defence Ministry.
Abdul Wahid Laskar
Indian Air force should phase out Mig21 aircrafts as they are outdated.
Our boys are learning how to crash the jet and eject safely. Not bad.
Any update on the missing AN 32?
Buccaneer the Butcher Butcher
In India life comes cheap it seems..... Indians don''t care about the losses of their income tax money wasted in plane crashes, pilot deaths etc etc etc..... Very rich country eh?????!!!!!!!
These fighter aircraft which are in good condition could be gifted to Pakistan before any sanctions are put in place against them.
26/11 terror attacks, our police hawaldars were using World War II rifles. Same story with fighter planes also. Can''t understand when you are making Su-30s in India then why keep obsolete planes in service. Pilot''s friends should do Rang De Basanti on these corrupt ministers.
At least we know where this IAF plane crashed. We can''t even find the IAF plane that crashed and went missing over the Indian Ocean ?