RAJASTHAN (AFP) – India lost another MiG-21 Bison on Friday when the fighter jet crashed near Nal in Rajasthan.
It has been informed that the pilot ejected safely. The plane was on a routine training sortie and was reportedly hit by a bird. The authorities have started investigating into the incident.
Earlier, two Indian Air Force jets practicing for an aerobatic display had collided in midair killing one of the pilots.
Witnesses told how the aircraft spiralled out of control after hitting each other and crashed near a residential area outside the Yelahanka air base in the southern city of Bangalore.
“One pilot had died of fatal injuries and two other pilots ejected out of the two Hawk advanced jet trainers after they collided midair and crashed,” said an Indian Air Force statement.
On February 27, in a response to Indian Line of Control (LoC) violation, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) had destroyed two Indian fighter jets.
The wreckage of one aircraft fell in Central Kashmir’s Budgam while the other’s in Pakistan territory. Pakistan had also captured an Indian pilot whose MiG-21 crashed in Kashmir.