A fighter jet of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed in Indian administered Kashmir on Tuesday.
New Delhi, May 27/Nationalturk – An Indian fighter aircraft crashed in Indian administered Kashmir on Tuesday morning, killing the pilot.
“The fighter jet MiG-21, which was on a routine exercise, crashed in an open field at Mirhama in Bijbehara area, about 45 kms from Srinagar, summer capital of Indian Kashmir this morning,” sources said.
They said pilot of the fighter jet identified as Raghu Bansi was killed in the crash.
Immediately after the crash, security men rushed to the area and sealed the area where the jet fighter had crashed. A team of Indian Air Force (IAF) have also rushed to the spot.
Sources said MiG-21 had taken off from Technical Airport in Srinagar this morning.
The cause of the crash was not known immediately known.
“A probe would be launched to ascertain the cause of the crash,” sources said adding body of the pilot has been recovered.
Indian Air Force had inducted over 900 MiG-21s in its fleet during past 40 years. Many of the planes were lost in crashes.
“My condolences to the family, friends & colleagues of the pilot killed in the MiG crash today. May his soul rest in peace,” tweeted chief minister of Indian administered Kashmir Omar Abdullah.
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