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IAF MiG-21 fighter jet crashes in Jaisalmer, pilot dead

Wing Commander Harshit Sinha was killed in the MiG-21 crash, the IAF has confirmed.

December 24, 2021 / 11:12 PM IST
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An Indian Air Force fighter plane crashed in Jaisalmer late on December 24, a senior police officer said. Wing Commander Harshit Sinha was killed in the crash, the IAF has confirmed.

The pilot, Wing Commander Harshit Sinha, could reportedly not eject safely; his body has been recovered.

The plane crashed in the Desert National Park area in Sudasiri village under the Sam police station, which is close to the India-Pakistan border, Jaisalmer SP Ajay Singh told news agency PTI.

The IAF confirmed the news on social media and said in a tweet: "This evening, around 8:30 pm, a MiG-21 aircraft of IAF met with a flying accident in the western sector during a training sortie. Further details are awaited. An inquiry is being ordered."
The MiG-21 has been dubbed the “flying coffin” and several Migs have crashed this year alone. The December 24 MiG-21 crash is reportedly the fifth one to crash in 2021.
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first published: Dec 24, 2021 10:01 pm
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