3rd Indian Air Force MiG-21 fighter crashes

TEHRAN, May 22 (MNA) – The third Indian Air Force MiG-21 crashed near Moga in Punjab.

An Indian Air Force MiG-21 crashed near Moga in Punjab in the wee hours of Friday, making it the third such incident this year, DefenseWorld reported.

The aircraft was on a routine training sortie when the accident happened. It crashed at Langiana Khurd village around 1 am.

IAF said the pilot, Sqn Ldr Abhinav Choudhary, sustained fatal injuries.

A court of inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.

In March, a MiG-21 met with a fatal accident, killing the pilot. The aircraft crashed while taking off for a combat training mission at an airbase in central India.

Another MiG-21 crashed near Suratgarh in January in Rajasthan during a training sortie due to a technical malfunction. The pilot managed to eject safely.

The accident-prone MiG-21 fighters have been dubbed as "flying coffins” by some defense experts as they are living way past their initial service life.


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