Raj: Another crash; Indian Air Force to boot out MiG-21

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Published: Friday, October 7, 2011, 13:37 [IST]
 
Crashes-hit IAF to boot out MiG-21

Jaipur, Oct 7: Indian Air Force (IAF) decided to stop using the combat aircraft - MiG-21 by 2017. The shocking decision has been taken after many of the jet fighters crashed recently.

Enhancing the list of "crashed MiG-21", another combat flight met with an accident on the air, however, the pilot escaped from facing any tragic situation.

The recent accident occurred at Uttarlai airport in Rajasthan's Barmer district on Friday, Oct 7. According to agency report, the plane was on a routine sortie and crashed when the pilot was trying to land the aircraft.

This was the sixth air crash involving IAF's fighter aircraft in 2011 and the fifth one involving MiG-21 series of the warplanes.

According to sources, from 2012, IAF will not allow any inexperienced pilots to fly MiG-21. Only experienced fighter pilots will fly the plane.

Sources also claimed that a court investigation has been ordered after the crash of Friday. Agency report suggested that over half of the total 976 MiG-21s, which were inducted in the service since 1960s, have been lost in air crashes.

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