Barmer: Indian Air Force confirmed in a tweet that they have lost a Mig 21 Bison fighter jet on Wednesday and thankfully pilot was able to safely eject from the plane. The pilot was on a training sortie when this crash happened. The pilot sustained just minor injuries was admitted to the nearby hospital in Barmer by the locals.
This is the fourth incident involving Mig-21 Bison, In the earlier three incidents, 2 Pilots got killed and 1 was able to safely eject from the aircraft. The defence spokesperson Lt. Colonel Amitabh Sharma said that the aircraft crashed in a largely inhabited area in Mastar Village in Barmer about 5:30 pm. A house made up of thatched caught fire in the incident. No loss of life reported due to the incident.
Since 2016, 27 Indian Air Force aircrafts have crashed which was confirmed by the Ministry Of Defense in the parliament. A total of 482 Migs have been involved in accidents till 2013, since its induction in Indian Air Force in 1963.
The IAF has around six squadrons of Mig-21 Bisons and a single squadron have about 18 aircrafts at their disposal. The Indian Air Force is expecting to retire the Mig-21 Bisons by the 2024. Currently, procurement of next generation fighters is going on by the government to replace the Mig-21 Bison with Tejas which a indigenously developed Fighter aircraft first in the line.