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Updated: July 15, 2013 16:15 IST

Pilot killed as MiG-21 crashes in Rajasthan

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A MiG-21 Bison fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed on Monday while landing at Uttarlai airbase in Rajasthan’s Barmer district, killing the pilot.

“One MiG-21 Bison crashed at the Uttarlai airbase at about 0930 hours. The pilot sustained fatal injuries,” the IAF said in a statement.

The aircraft had taken off with its Flight Lieutenant—rank pilot from the airbase for a routine training sortie and crashed while landing at the runway, officials said.

Defence Ministry spokesperson in Jodhpur Colonel S.D. Goswami said a Court of Inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the reason behind the crash.

There was no reported loss to civilian life or property, he said.

Last month also, a MiG-21 plane from the same airbase had crashed but the pilots had managed to eject safely. The vintage MiG-21s have been in service for over 40 years now and they are expected to continue flying till 2018-19 in view of the delays in the induction of the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft.

The IAF had inducted over 900 MiG-21s in its fleet over a period of 40 years, half of which were lost in different crashes.

This year, this is the sixth crash involving an IAF aircraft and fifth of a fighter plane.

The aircraft which have crashed this year include one each of MiG-29, MiG-27, Su-30MKI and Mi-17V5 medium-lift helicopter. Two MiG-21s have crashed this year.

IAF is just killing pilots ..nothng else .

from:  Samim
Posted on: Jul 16, 2013 at 08:23 IST

rafale's delievery is further extended till 2019 and the modified version of Mig21 i.e. MigBison can no more be considered as a safe alternative till the replacement in 2019 with rafale and our indigenous LCA's. Its beyond one's imagination that after spending too much on a Pilot's training, which is a Defence Norm(which nourishes a person for lifetime), why they are being throttled on a coffin, subject to Govt. Norms(which risks person for lifetime). Isn't it the time for a call, for a separate Constitutional body which can look into Defence Purchases before many more scams will get buried with the corpses of Quattrocchi's and our Men in Uniform.

from:  DSR
Posted on: Jul 15, 2013 at 18:42 IST

No matter what happens to our nations best Officers, the basic reason behind these repetitive disasters will never surface due to the amount of corruption that goes into it.

from:  Shyam Varma
Posted on: Jul 15, 2013 at 15:10 IST

Politician cant understand this unless one mig fighter of old series crash on Parliament. Why are we still using this vintage class fighter. IAF just trying to maintain inventory score. 485 out of 900 Mig's crashed on their routine sorties killing experienced as well as new pilots. This is a huge loss for our country. I urge DRDO to complete LCA project as early as possible. I think 27 years are quite enough, it is already become a white elephant.

from:  anil
Posted on: Jul 15, 2013 at 14:39 IST

Substandard equipment kills people. Corruption buys substandard equipment and kill people.

from:  BharatLal
Posted on: Jul 15, 2013 at 11:34 IST

I do want to know what our IAF is going to do for the security of People of India if it cant secure its valiant Pilots from loosing there life from such scrap machine .India is spending thriftily on these TOYS but it ain't working .

from:  DAVID
Posted on: Jul 15, 2013 at 10:51 IST

how many pilots we are going to lose and how many aircrafts we are going to lose? What is the outcome of routine "inquiries" ordered. Our Air striking capabilities will be severely hampered in case of any impending war etc. For vote banks these politicians rise hue and cry, but not for the lives of valiant pilots who ride these planes risking their lives.

from:  bmurthy
Posted on: Jul 15, 2013 at 10:05 IST

Is the IAF making any serious attempt to identify the reasons for the crashes and if it lost half its assets this way are these planes any good? Will India be able to rely on these planes in real war situations?

from:  Venk
Posted on: Jul 15, 2013 at 09:21 IST

Hope it will be a wake up call to everybody involved and everyone will at least take notice.Only when a minister or a politician dies in a crash will the airforce take up the issue of not flying obsolete.And a fighter pilot life is very important also

from:  Saphalya
Posted on: Jul 15, 2013 at 09:02 IST

This is indeed great loss to the nation. WE shall remain indebted to the family of this martyr. May GOD give peace to the noble departed soul.

from:  pntikoo
Posted on: Jul 15, 2013 at 08:11 IST

Ok. So the flying Coffin is once again upto its tricks. When will the IAF and the Indian Government realise that the Mig 21 is a horse in the ICU which is being whipped to do the work of a race horse.

from:  Ashokan
Posted on: Jul 15, 2013 at 07:13 IST

Hell with politics... why don't we phase out Mig21 completely at once?

from:  vishwas
Posted on: Jul 15, 2013 at 07:11 IST
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