Two pilots have been killed on Thursday evening when an Air Force MiG-21 jet crashed throughout a coaching sortie in Rajasthan’s Barmer.
“A twin seater Mig-21 trainer aircraft of the IAF was airborne for a training sortie from Utarlai air base in Rajasthan this evening. Around 9:10 pm, the aircraft met with an accident near Barmer. Both pilots sustained of serious injury,” the Air Force stated in a press release.
“The IAF deeply regrets the loss of life and stands firmly with the bereaved families,” it added.
The court docket of inquiry was ordered to analyze the reason for the accident, it stated.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari following the crash.
“Deeply saddened by the loss of two Air Warriors due to an accident of an IAF Mig-21 trainer aircraft near Barmer in Rajasthan,” Mr Singh stated on Twitter.
“Their service to the nation will never be forgotten. My thoughts are with the bereaved families at this time of grief,” he stated.
The MiG-21 is a Soviet-era single-engine multirole fighter/floor assault plane that after fashioned the spine of the IAF fleet.
The plane has a poor security report and is anticipated to be phased out of service inside the subsequent decade when it will likely be changed by extra fashionable sorts.