A fighter jet belonging to Indian Air Force (IAF) has crashed in a village in Rajasthan, the collector of the district said, “It was an IAF plane that crashed near Bhimda village in Baytoo,” Barmer District Collector Lok Bandu. He said he was on the way to the site of the incident. Two pilots of the fighter jet died in the incident, based on ANI’s report. As per IAF, the incident took place around 9:10 PM. The twin-seater Mig-21 trainer aircraft took off from the Utarlai air base in Rajasthan in the evening.
“Around 9:10 pm, the aircraft met with an accident near Barmer. Both pilots sustained fatal injuries. The IAF deeply regrets the loss of lives and stands firmly with the bereaved families,” the IAF said in a statement.
An investigation into the accident’s cause has been ordered by a court. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhari following the crash. “Deeply anguished by the loss of two Air Warriors due to an accident of IAF’s Mig-21 trainer aircraft near Barmer in Rajasthan,” Singh said on Twitter.
Deeply anguished by the loss of two Air Warriors due to an accident of IAF’s Mig-21 trainer aircraft near Barmer in Rajasthan. Their service to the nation will never be forgotten. My thoughts are with the bereaved families in this hour of sadness.
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) July 28, 2022
“Their service to the nation will never be forgotten. My thoughts are with the bereaved families in this hour of sadness,” he said.
#WATCH | Rajasthan: A MiG-21 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed near Barmer district. Further details regarding the pilots are awaited pic.twitter.com/5KfO24hZB6 — ANI (@ANI) July 28, 2022
The fighter jet involved in the incident is reportedly a two-seater MiG-21 fighter jet from the 1960s used by the Air Force. The jet made by Mikoyan is one of the very essential jets of the Indian Air Force. Built mainly for air interception with a secondary role of ground attack, the MiG-21 is capable of operating in restricted spaces and hence played an important role in the Kargil War.
MiG-21 launched the first ground attacks, while MiG-29 later joined in with its Laser Guided Bombs. The MiG-21 has been modified throughout time to keep up with later-generation aircraft, and in its present configuration, it aids the IAF as the first strike against any infiltration.
Reports of an IAF fighter jet crashing near Barmer (possibly Mig-21 but No clarity on type).
Heartbroken for the families of the Wing Commander & Flight Lieutenant killed in today’s MiG-21 crash. The older pilot was flight commander at his squadron. The younger, just getting into the thick of fighter ops. No words enough tonight.
BREAKING: Truly terrible news tonight. 2 IAF fighter pilots killed in MiG-21 trainer crash near Barmer, Rajasthan. The jet was on a routine night flying sortie. Prayers for the families & squadron
GAURAV C SAWANT
Indian Air Force confirms sadly the MiG 21 trainer jet crash was fatal. No survivors. Two pilots were flying the fighter jet on a routine night flying sortie. Court of inquiry ordered. MiG 21 fighter jets have been in the service of IAF for six decades. Good yet Unforgiving jets.
The Indian Express
Rajasthan: Two pilots killed in IAF fighter plane MiG-21 crash in Barmer district
A MiG-21 fighter jet of Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed in Rajasthan’s Barmer district on Thursday. Both the pilots have been martyred.💔🙏 How many more lives will these flying coffins take? Why is the Air Force not considering retiring these planes?
Two pilots reportedly die as IAF’s MiG-21 fighter aircraft crashes in Barmer of Rajasthan near the International Border on Thursday night.
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