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2 pilots killed in Air Force MiG-21 plane crash In Barmer Rajasthan -by Ecork

The IAF said it stands firm with the bereaved families

New Delhi:

Two pilots were killed on Wednesday evening when an Air Force MiG-21 fighter jet crashed during a training exercise in Rajasthan’s Barmer.

“A Twin Mig-21 trainer aircraft of the IAF was airborne for a training exercise from Utarlai air base in Rajasthan this evening. Around 9:10 pm, the aircraft met with an accident near Barmer. Both the aircraft had fatal injury,” the Air Force said in a statement.

“IAF deeply regrets the loss of lives and stands firm with the bereaved families,” he further said.

A court of inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of the accident, he said.

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari following the crash.

“Deeply saddened by the loss of two Air Warriors due to the crash of an IAF Mig-21 trainer aircraft near Barmer in Rajasthan,” Mr Singh said on Twitter.

“Their service to the country will never be forgotten. My thoughts are with the bereaved families at this sad hour,” he said.

The MiG-21 is a Soviet-era single-engine fighter/ground attack aircraft that forms the backbone of the IAF fleet.

The aircraft has a poor safety record and is expected to be withdrawn from service within the next decade by which time it will be replaced with more modern types.

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