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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Jodhpur, July 15, 2013
The soubriquet of ‘flying coffins’ came to haunt Indian Air Force’s MiG-21 yet again on Monday as another fighter plane crashed at Uttarlai forward airbase in Barmer district, killing its pilot, flight lieutenant Kulshreshtha.

This is the third crash in Barmer in the recent past.

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“One MiG-21 Bison aircraft of IAF crashed at Uttarlai airbase today at 9.30 am. The pilot sustained fatal injuries,” said a ministry of defence communiqué.

The aircraft had taken off from Uttarlai airbase this morning for a routine training sortie. It crashed while landing.

“A court of inquiry has been set up to ascertain the reason behind the accident,” said defence spokesperson, Colonel SD Goswami, adding that there is no reported damage to any civil life or property.