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

IAF MiG-21 crashes near Bikaner, pilot ejects safely

ANI | Updated: Mar 08, 2019 21:58 IST

Bikaner (Rajasthan), [India], Mar 8 (ANI): An Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-21 aircraft crashed on Friday here. The fighter jet reportedly was crashed due to bird hit.
The pilot of the jet, which was on a routine mission, ejected safely. Sources said that a Court of Inquiry will investigate the cause of the crash.
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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