CHANDIGARH: A MiG-21 ‘Bison’, on a practice sortie, crashed into a paddy field in Mehmadpur Maujan village, Rajpura, 50 kms form here on Tuesday. The pilot, flight lieutenant Arunav Ghosh, ejected safely from the Russian-origin aircraft, but not before maneuvering the Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter plane safely away from populated patches and an educational institute.
The crash comes a month after another MiG -21 crashed in Bikaner, Rajasthan, killing the pilot. On February 4, a MiG-21 ‘Bison’ crashed on a routine sortie in Madhya Pradesh’s Sheopur district.
An IAF spokesperson said that the plane had taken off from the Ambala airbase and was returning when it crashed at around 10.27am, a few minutes before it was supposed to land. The IAF has ordered a court of inquiry into Tuesday’s accident. “The pilot escaped unhurt and was rescued by an IAF search and rescue helicopter,” the spokesperson said, refusing to give further details. However, air force sources said a technical snag might have caused the accident. Air force personnel searched for the black box for hours. Sources said it was recovered.
Superintendent of police, Rajpura, Manmohan Sharma said that the pilot was safe and the plane crashed in the fields near the national highway. There was no loss of life, he added.
published on 7th Sept 2011