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IAF’s MiG 21 crashes near Gwalior in MP, both pilots safe

‘The reason behind the crash is not known yet,’ an IAF spokesperson said.

SNS | New Delhi |

Indian Air Force’s MiG 21 fighter aircraft crashed near Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday, after taking off from the airfield on a routine training sortie. The crash took place near the Air Force Base around 10 am.

The reason behind the crash is not known yet,” an IAF spokesperson said.

The Indian Air Force said, there were no casualties in the incident.” IAF has ordered an inquiry into the incident to ascertain the cause of the crash, whether technical or human error. A court of inquiry has been constituted for the same.

According to sources, It was a twin-seater trainer jet with two pilots, a Group Captain and a Squadron Leader. Both ejected safely before the crash.

It is reported that the MiG-21, or the MiG-21 Bison, is a Soviet-era single-engine multirole fighter/ground attack aircraft.

Earlier, in March another MiG-21 Bison crashed in Bikaner area. The pilot managed to eject safely. At that time it was reported that the incident occurred due to technical issue.