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2 pilots killed as Indian Air Force jet crashes in Rajasthan

The twin seater Mig-21 aircraft was airborne for a training sortie, IAF says 

Update : 29 Jul 2022, 11:18 AM

Two pilots were killed after a twin-seater MiG-21 aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed in Rajasthan’s Barmer district on Friday, the Indian Air Force said in a statement.

The incident took place after 9pm on the outskirts of Bhimda village under Batoo police station area in the district, reports Hindustan Times.

“A twin seater Mig-21 trainer aircraft of the IAF was airborne for a training sortie from Uttarlai air base in Rajasthan this (Thursday) evening,” the IAF said.

“Around 9:10pm, the aircraft met with an accident near Barmer. Both pilots sustained fatal injuries. The IAF deeply regrets the loss of lives and stands firmly with the bereaved families,” it added.

Senior officials of the IAF and the local administration, including Barmer collector and superintendent of police, visited the spot.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to IAF chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari regarding the crash of the fighter aircraft in Barmer, ANI reported.

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

“Their service to the nation will never be forgotten. My thoughts are with the bereaved families in this hour of sadness,” he said.

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