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IAF’s MiG-21 crashes in Punjab’s Moga, pilot killed


An Indian Air Force pilot was killed after a MiG-21 aircraft he was flying crashed in Punjab’s Moga in the wee hours on Friday.

The incident took place at around 1 am at Langiana Khurd village of Moga’s Baghapurana when the aircraft was on a routine training sortie. Notably, the body of the pilot was found around 2 km away from the crash site.

The plane crashed in the field and caught fire, while it was raining heavily. The pilot appeared to have deployed a parachute to land safely, but it seems, he broke his neck upon impact on the ground, according to Moga’s superintendent of police, Gurdeep Singh.

What IAF said

The IAF in a tweet said, “There was an aircraft accident last night involving a Bison aircraft of the IAF in the western sector. The pilot, Sqn Ldr Abhinav Choudhary, sustained fatal injuries. IAF condoles the tragic loss and stands firmly with the bereaved family,” the Indian Air Forces said on Twitter.

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A court of inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident, IAF added. The deceased IAF pilot Abhinav Choudhary was a resident of Ganganagar in Meerut. The Squadron Leader’s family is originally from Baghpat but has been residing in Meerut.

Third crash of a MiG-21 in 2021

The Friday incident was the third crash of a MiG-21 aircraft. In March, a MiG-21 Bison aircraft of the IAF was involved in a fatal accident while taking off for a combat training mission at an airbase in central India. The IAF had then said that Group Captain A Gupta was killed in the accident. It had also ordered a court of inquiry to determine the cause behind the accident.

A MiG-21 aircraft crashed near Suratgarh in Rajasthan in January. Fortunately, the pilot of the aircraft had ejected safely.


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