Indian Air Force MiG-21 fighter plane crashes in Rajasthan, pilot dies

Representative image of a MiG-21 aircraft.

New Delhi:

An Indian Air Force MiG-21 fighter plane crashed today evening near Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, killing Wing Commander Harshit Sinha.

Confirming the news, the Air Force official tweeted: “Tonight, around 8:30 pm, an IAF MiG-21 aircraft encountered a flying accident in Sector West while on a training sortie. Further details are awaited. an investigation is ordered. “

The plane crashed in the area of ​​Desert National Park under Sam’s police station, Jaisalmer Police Superintendent Ajay Singh told PTI News Agency. The SP said local police arrived at the scene and he was also on his way to the crash site.

The Air Force tweeted confirming the pilot’s death. “With deep sadness, the IAF shares the sad passing of Wing Commander Harshit Sinha in tonight’s plane crash and stands firmly by the braveheart’s family,” the tweet said. .

Several MiG-21 crashes have been reported this year alone. The plane was nicknamed “flying coffin” because it regularly makes the news of accidents. From 1971 to April 2012, no less than 482 MiG planes suffered crashes, killing 171 pilots, 39 civilians, eight soldiers and a crew, the government told Parliament in May 2012. “The causes of the crashes were both a human error and technical flaws, “the government said.

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