Officials say that a MiG-21 trainer aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed near the Gwalior airbase on Wednesday. Both the pilots on board ejected safely.
The aircraft, which was on a routine mission, crashed around 10 am in Bhind in Madhya Pradesh. The IAF has reportedly launched a court of inquiry to find out the reason for the accident.
“The two pilots ejected safely according to the information passed to us from the village head from the spot, some 60 km from the district headquarters,” Bhind Superintendent of Police Rudolf Alvares was quoted by news agency PTI.
According to police, the trainer jet crashed in Choudhary-ka-Pura in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhind district.
The safety of MiG-21, which is a Soviet-era single-engine jet, has long become a topic of public scrutiny. This is the 12th IAF crash in this year alone. MiG-21 Bison is also the same type of plane that Wing Commander Abhinandan was flying when his jet was downed by Pakistan in February this year. He was later captured by Pakistan and released two days later.