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Pilot killed as IAF’s MiG-21 jet crashes in Himachal Pradesh

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Kangra: A pilot was killed after a MiG-21 fighter jet of the Indian Air Force crashed in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday.

The accident took place at 1:21 pm when the aircraft was on a routine sortie.

According to sources, the jet took off from Punjab’s Pathankot Air base. Visuals showed the debris of the aircraft burning at a field in Mehra Palli village of Patta Jatiyan in Kangra district.

Airforce personnel reached the site of the crash in two choppers and further investigation is on.

Meanwhile, a court of inquiry has been ordered to establish the cause of the accident.

The MiG-21 BIS is one of the oldest variants of the fighter in service. The Indian Air Force has been the world’s largest operator of the jet, the first variants of which entered service with the air force in the sixties.

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