Tuesday, September 26, 2023

MiG-21 Bison aircraft crashes in Rajasthan, pilot safe; IAF orders inquiry

A MiG-21 Bison fighter aircraft assigned to an operational Squadron of Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed in Rajasthan during a training sortie on Wednesday.

According to initial details, Pilot ejected safely.

Indian Air Force said in a tweet that,
At around 1730 hrs today, an IAF MiG-21 Bison aircraft airborne for a training sortie in the western sector, experienced a technical malfunction after take off. The pilot ejected safely. A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause.

GDI Comments: 

This is the 4th consecutive crash of Indian MiG-21 fighter aircrafts, this year. Currently Indian Air Force is operating 120-130 MiG-21 Fighter Aircrafts. Indian Air Force inducted 1st MiG-21 in her fleet in 1963. Some of MiG-21 fighter aircrafts were completely destroyed during Indo-Pak War, 1965.
Have a look at IAF Crashes of 2021:
  1. 5 January: MiG-21 Bison aircraft crashed at Suratgarh airbase in Rajasthan’s Sri Ganganagar district. Pilot managed to eject safely.
  2. 17 March: MiG-21 Fighter aircraft assigned to Tactics & Combat Development Establishment of Indian Air Force crashed, killing Group Captain A Gupta.
  3. 21 May: MiG-21 Bison fighter jet crashed in Indian Punjab, killing its 28-year-old pilot “Squadron Leader Abhinav Choudhary”
Umair Aslam
Umair Aslam is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Global Defense Insight. He has worked as a defense journalist reporting on military modernization programs, nuclear non-proliferation, arms control, and the South Asian Arms race.

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