IAF MiG 21 fighter jet crashes in Himachal Pradesh, pilot dies

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An Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG 21 fighter jet on Wednesday crashed in Patta Jatian village in Jawali area of Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh, killing the pilot.

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According to news agency PTI, the police said that a MiG 21 fighter jet crashed in a village in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh today.

The fighter jet crashed in Mehra Palli village under the Jawali police station, the news agency quoted Kangra Superintendent of Police (SP) Santosh Patial.

The SP told PTI that he and other officials were on their way to the spot.

The aircraft had taken off from the Pathankot air base in Punjab, officials said.

This comes as continuation of a string of IAF fighter jet crashes in previous months. Recently, an IAF Jaguar fighter jet crashed at Beraja village near Mundra in Kutch region, soon after it took off from the Jamnagar air base in Gujarat, killing the pilot, Air Commodore Sanjay Chouhan.

Earlier, an IAF aircraft crashed in Mayubhanj district in Odisha in March. The Hawk aircraft, which was undertaking a routine training sortie, had taken off from an airbase in Kalaikunda in West Bengal.

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