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Indian Air Force Plane Crashes In Central India

Indian Air Force Plane Crashes In Central India

Zaynah Maroof
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An Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-21 crashed near the Gwalior Air Force Base in Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday.

According to Indian media reports, the aircraft had been on a routine training mission. Both pilots managed to eject safely.

This is the latest in an extensive series of IAF MiG-21 crashes.

The last one reported was in March, which crashed in Bikaner in Rajasthan during a routine mission. The pilot managed to eject successfully and the crash was put down to technical issues in the engine.

According to another Indian media report, more than 170 Indian pilots and 40 civilians have been killed in air crashes since 1970.

All these crashes have involved fighter planes and mostly attributing to MiG-21 jets, which have had 210 accidents from 1963-2015.

“Since 2016, the IAF has lost 27 aircrafts in crashes, which include 15 fighter jets and helicopters,” India’s Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik said in June.

The MiG-21 is also the aircraft shot down by the Pakistan Air Force in February this year, which led to the capture of IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.

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