An Indian Air Force MiG-21 aircraft crashed in Bikaner on Friday. Photo/ANI
An Indian Air Force MiG-21 aircraft crashed in Bikaner on Friday. Photo/ANI

Court of inquiry ordered on MiG-21 crash near Bikaner: Defence Ministry

ANI | Updated: Mar 08, 2019 22:03 IST

Bikaner (Rajasthan), [India], Mar 8 (ANI): A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of an Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-21 aircraft crash that took place in Rajasthan's Bikaner on Friday, Defence Ministry said. 

"An Indian Air Force MiG-21 Bison aircraft airborne from Air force Station Nal for a routine sortie, crashed near Bikaner, Rajasthan on March 8 at 2.30 pm. A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of accident," the official statement read. 

Initial inputs indicate that the crash occurred after a bird hit the plane. 

The pilot of the jet, which was on a routine mission, ejected safely.

The mishap comes over a week after a MiG-21 Bison was shot down while it was chasing Pakistani jets that had transgressed into the Indian airspace on February 27.

The pilot of the jet, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was taken into custody by the Pakistan Army after his plane crossed over to Pakistan. He had shot down a Pakistani F-16 before his plane was downed.

On March 1, Wing Commander Abhinandan was released by Pakistan as a "peace gesture." (ANI)

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