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Air Force’s MiG-21 Jet Crashes Near Barmer In Rajasthan, 2 Pilots Killed

The twin-seater Mig-21 trainer aircraft met with an accident around 9:10 pm, in which both pilots sustained fatal injuries.

MiG-21 fighter jet crashes near Barmer in Rajasthan
A MiG-21 fighter aircraft of the crashed near Barmer in Rajasthan on Thursday. (Image: ANI)

New Delhi: A MiG-21 trainer aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed near Barmer in Rajasthan on Thursday night. Two pilots were reported to have died in the crash.

The twin-seater Mig-21 trainer aircraft met with an accident around 9:10 pm, in which both pilots sustained fatal injuries, the IAF said. “A twin seater Mig-21 trainer aircraft of the IAF was airborne for a training sortie from Utarlai air base in Rajasthan this evening,” it said.

“IAF deeply regrets the loss of lives and stands firmly with the bereaved families. A court of Inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident,” the Indian Air Force said.

Following the crash, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari, who briefed him on the incident in detail.

“Deeply anguished by the loss of two Air Warriors due to an accident of IAF’s Mig-21 trainer aircraft near Barmer in Rajasthan,” Rajnath Singh said on Twitter.

“Their service to the nation will never be forgotten. My thoughts are with the bereaved families in this hour of sadness,” he said.

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