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MiG 21 crashes in Gujarat, pilot safe

A MiG 21 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed during a firing exercise north west of Jamnagar in Gujarat.

india Updated: Jan 17, 2006 12:57 IST

A MiG 21 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed during a firing exercise north west of Jamnagar in Gujarat on Tuesday with the pilot ejecting out safely, an IAF spokesman said here.

The aircraft, involved in an air-to-ground live firing exercise, apparently developed a technical snag and crashed, the spokesman said.

No loss of life or property has been reported on the ground, he said, adding a court of inquiry has been ordered by the IAF to investigate the matter.

This is the first MiG 21 crash this year. In the last one decade, the IAF witnessed the lowest number of fighter aircraft crashes in 2005.

First Published: Jan 17, 2006 12:57 IST