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MiG-21 aircraft on training mission crashes near Gwalior air base, pilots safe

An IAF official said the MiG-21 was on a routine training mission

india Updated: Sep 25, 2019 20:24 IST

Both the pilots ejected safely from the fighter aircraft. They are safe.
Both the pilots ejected safely from the fighter aircraft. They are safe.(Photo: ANI photo)
         

An Indian Air Force MiG-21 aircraft crashed on Wednesday morning soon after take-off from the Gwalior air base, an IAF official has said.

Both the pilots ejected safely from the fighter aircraft. They are safe.

An IAF official said the MiG-21 was on a routine training mission.

“It was on a routine mission and was airborne from the Gwalior Air Force Station. The aircraft crashed at an approximate distance of 6 nautical miles while on approach for landing,” it said.

“A court of inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of the accident,” it added.

Earlier, Inspector General of Police, Chambal Range, D P Gupta told PTI that the aircraft crashed in Choudhary-ka- Pura area of Bhind’s Aalori village.

“Soon after the crash, the trainee aircraft caught fire, but its both pilots ejected safely,” he said.

An IAF rescue team soon reached the spot with a helicopter and took the two pilots along with it after providing them first-aid, he said.

“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 said.

“We informed the IAF officials in Gwalior about the incident,” he added.

One of the pilots received injuries, Bhind Collector Chote Singh said.

Both the pilots were later admitted to hospital by the IAF rescue team, he added.

(With inputs from PTI)