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IAF MiG-21 crashes in Barmer, pilot ejects safely

As per the information, the IAF plane came crashing down near Matasar Bhoortiya village, leaving the impact spot and the area around it devastated.

IANS | Jaipur |

A MiG-21 fighter jet, on a training sortie, crashed near a village in Rajasthan’s Barmer district on Wednesday evening but the pilot managed to eject safely, the Indian Air Force said.

The IAF, in a tweet, said: “At around 1730 hrs today, an IAF MiG-21 Bison aircraft airborne for a training sortie in the western sector, experienced a technical malfunction after take off. The pilot ejected safely.

“A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause”, it said.

As per the information, the IAF plane came crashing down near Matasar Bhoortiya village, leaving the impact spot and the area around it devastated.

The villagers, as well as a police team, rushed to the spot to offer help.