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 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)