New Delhi: Two fighter pilots of the Indian Air Force (IAF) were killed late on Thursday evening after their twin-seater MiG-21 aircraft crashed near Barmer in Rajasthan.
The trainer aircraft was on a routine night flying sortie and had left from Utarlai air base. The aircraft met with an accident near Barmer at around 9.10 pm, in which both the pilots were fatally injured.
One of the deceased was identified as Flight Lieutenant Advitiya Bal, 26, and the other as Wing Commander M Rana.
“Deeply anguished by the loss of two Air Warriors due to an accident of IAF’s Mig-21 trainer aircraft near Barmer in Rajasthan. Their service to the nation will never be forgotten. My thoughts are with the bereaved families in this hour of sadness,” Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted.
The IAF has ordered a court of inquiry to ascertain the cause of the accident.
The incident once again raises questions about the safety of MiG-21 aircrafts. According to reports, five MiG-21s crashed in India in 2021 alone.
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