A MiG-21 aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed in Rajasthan’s Barmer district on Friday, with the pilot ejecting safely.

The plane crashed near Sodiyar village at 9 a.m. and the pilot ejected safely, Defence Spokesperson S.D. Goswami told PTI.

He said the aircraft took off from the Uttarlai Airbase in the western sector and was on a routine sortie.

It crashed 40 km off Barmer, he said.

A rescue mission was immediately launched from Jodhpur airbase, he said.

A Court of Inquiry has been ordered by the Air Force to ascertain the cause of the crash.

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