New Delhi: An Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-21 fighter aircraft crashed near Moga in Punjab late on May 20, in which the piolet Sqn Ldr Abhinav Choudhary sustained fatal injuries and succumbed to death. Following the incident, IAF has ordered a Court of Inquiry (CoI) to ascertain the cause of the accident.
“There was an aircraft accident last night [May 20] involving a Bison aircraft of IAF in the western sector. The pilot, Sqn Ldr Abhinav Choudhary, sustained fatal injuries. IAF condoles the tragic loss and stands firmly with the bereaved family,” said a tweet by the IAF.
“A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident,” the tweet added.
Moga’s Superintendent of Police Gurdeep Singh on May 21 told a leading newspaper that the incident took place at around 9.30 p.m. on Thursday at Langeana village, near Baghapurana, in Moga.
“Our police rushed to the spot immediately after receiving the information about the incident. The aircraft crashed in an open field near the village. After a search operation amid the rainfall, we recovered the body of the pilot at around 3 a.m. He was dead at the time when the body was recovered. The medical team of IAF was also accompanying us and the medical officer of IAF confirmed that the pilot was dead,” said Mr. Singh.
The aircraft was on a routine training sortie when the accident happened.