IAF crash: Pilot dies

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Remnants of crashed Air Force Jet Fighter (Pic: Bilal Bahadur)
Remnants of crashed Air Force Jet Fighter (Pic: Bilal Bahadur)

An IAF fighter aircraft which crashed down in south Kashmir around 11am had took off from technical airport, Srinagar.

Defense sources said that a fighter aircraft which was on its routine flight crashed down in open fields at Mirhama, near Bijbehara town and the lone pilot on board, squadron leader Raghuvanshi died in this mishap.

Air force officials have been deputed to the site of the incident to ascertain the cause of air crash.

A police team visited the site of wreckage and the entire area has been cordoned off after the news of air crash spread in the area.

Later army issued a statement about the crashing which said that MiG-21 (Bis) Aircraft of the IAF crashed about 10 Kms short of Awantipur Airbase at about 1048 hrs.

“The Pilot airborne from Srinagar was on a routine training sortie.  A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate into the cause of the accident,” the statement said.

This soviet era fighter air craft has been the backbone of Indian air defense since its induction has notoriously crashed several times in past decades earning an infamous name as “widow-maker” and “flying coffins”.

 

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