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MIG-21 catches fire while landing

A MIG-21 aircraft caught fire while landing at the Bagdogra airport in Darjeeling district today morning but the pilot was safe.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Siliguri
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2008 11:54 AM IST

A MIG-21 aircraft caught fire while landing at the Bagdogra airport in Darjeeling district on Friday morning but the pilot was safe.

Group captain of Indian Air Force, Bagdogra, M K Dey said the aircraft caught fire at 9:30 am while returning from a routine sortie.

Three fire tenders fought for about half-an-hour to extinguish the blaze.

Though the aircraft was damaged, the pilot was safe, Dey said. A court of inquiry has been ordered.

Bagdogra Airport Director K K Dey said air traffic at the airport was not affected due to the accident.

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