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IAF MiG-21 crashes in Kutch; pilot safe

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Ahmedabad: In yet another mishap, a MiG-21 jet fighter aircraft of the

Indian Air Force crashed in marshlands in Kutch near the Indo-Pak border on

Friday. But the pilot bailed out safely.


The fighter crashed minutes after taking off from the Bhuj airbase, on a

routine training sortie. The fighter crashed to the ground just 20 km away

from the base, an IAF official said.


The pilot, Flight Lieutenant S Agashe, however, managed to bail out and was

rescued and brought back to base. The IAF has ordered a court of inquiry to

probe the incident.


This is the first crash of a MiG-21 this year. So far during the last ten

years about 90 fighter planes have crashed.


The fighters are ageing and are on the verge of being phased out. The IAF

has recently completed upgrade of 125 of these fighters with Russian and

Israeli know how.


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What is going on the last week?!




But everywhere is a plane crashing .. do they prepare for something all over the world or was it just a lag of infos in the last years about accidents like this?!

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