Rajasthan: A major accident has happened in Rajasthan. There a MiG-21 aircraft has crashed in Barmer. Both the pilots aboard the MiG have been martyred. The accident was so terrible that the debris of the MiG was scattered half a kilometer away. This crash happened in Bhimda village of Baitu police station area of Barmer.
Before the accident, the MiG-21 was flying around Bhimda village. The reason for the crash is not yet known. The Indian Air Force has ordered a court of inquiry to ascertain the cause of the accident. The Air Force said in a tweet that, “A twin seater MiG-21 trainer aircraft of the Indian Air Force was taking off for training from Uttarlai Airport in Rajasthan this evening. The plane crashed near Barmer at around 9:10 pm. In which both the pilots were martyred.” It further said, “The Indian Air Force deeply regrets the loss of lives and stands firmly with the bereaved families.”
At 9:10 pm this evening, an IAF MiG 21 trainer aircraft met with an accident in the western sector during a training sortie.
Both pilots sustained fatal injuries.
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) July 28, 2022
As soon as the information of the crash was received, the District Collector, SP and Air Force officials left for the spot. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has expressed his condolences on the accident by tweeting.Defence Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari and inquired about the crash. He was apprised of the incident by the Air Chief. Defence Minister expressed his deep anguish at the loss of lives. “Deeply anguished by the loss of two Air Warriors due to an accident of IAF’s Mig-21 trainer aircraft near Barmer in Rajasthan. Their service to the nation will never be forgotten. My thoughts are with the bereaved families in this hour of sadness,” he added.
Deeply anguished by the loss of two Air Warriors due to an accident of IAF’s Mig-21 trainer aircraft near Barmer in Rajasthan. Their service to the nation will never be forgotten. My thoughts are with the bereaved families in this hour of sadness. https://t.co/avKi9YoMdo
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) July 28, 2022
Taking to Twitter, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot Expressed his condolences and said, “Deeply saddened to know two IAF pilots have lost their lives in the line of duty when an IAF MiG-21 trainer aircraft met with an accident in Barmer. My heartfelt condolences to bereaved families. May they remain strong to bear this loss. We stand with them and share their grief.” Cases of MiG-21 crashes have come to the fore in the past as well. The MiG-21 had also crashed during training last year in Barmer. Then the pilots ejected safely.
Earlier, on 21 May 2021, the MiG-21 aircraft had crashed in Moga, Punjab. Pilot Abhinav was martyred in this. He was a resident of Baghpat. They got married only a year and a half ago. It was first inducted into the Indian Air Force soon after the Indo-China war in the 1960s and was upgraded to the MiG-21 Bison version in 2006. Upgrades include powerful multi-mode radar, improved avionics and communication systems. Although these jets could initially carry only ‘dumb bombs’, they are now capable of transporting a wide range of guided weapons.