Gujarat: MiG 21 aircraft crashes in Kutch, pilot safe
Posted on: 01:53 PM IST Nov 24, 2012
New Delhi: A MiG 21 Bison aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed on Saturday in the fields near Naliya in Kutch, Gujarat. There were no casualties, confirmed the IAF, as the pilot had ejected safely. There weren't any damages on the ground either, said sources.
The aircraft was on a routine sortie near the Naliya Airbase when the incident happened. The fighter plane crash-landed 30 kilometres from the air base in a open forest area, IAF officials said.
Though the pilot received minor injuries, he ejected safely and was admitted to the Bhuj Military Hospital, they said. The IAF has ordered an inquiry into the crash, officials said.
According to eye witness and range forest officer Atul Dave, there was no fire in the plane when the Bison came down.
On August 30, nine Air Force personnel, including five officers, on board two MI-17 helicopters were killed when the choppers collided mid-air shortly after take off from an air base near Jamnagar city of the district.
(With additional information from PTI)