Indian Air Force’s MiG-21 Bison aircraft crashed in Rajasthan’s Suratgarh.
On 5th January 2021, Tuesday at around 8:15pm a MiG-21 Bison fighter jet crashed in Rajasthan’s Suratgarh airbase while landing. It is suspected to have occurred due to technical malfunction during a routine sortie. But despite the tough condition the pilot ejected safely. He saved the aircraft and managed to land at the airbase without any damage to life and property.
The Indian Air Force tweeted On their twitter page, “During a training sortie in the Western sector, a MiG-21 Bison aircraft experienced a major technical malfunction this evening. The pilot ejected safely at about 8.15pm. There is no loss of life”. IAF also mentioned that a court of inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.
The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21, designed by Mikoyan Gurevich Design Bureau is a single engine, single seater multirole fighter jet and inspector aircraft that acts like a backbone to Indian Air Force. It has a Russian origin, its maximum speed is 2230km/hr and it is capable enough to carry one 23mm twin barrel cannon with four R-60 close combat missiles. As per the sources, around 60 counties over four continents have flown the MiG-21. It holds the record of being the most-produced supersonic jet aircraft in aviation.
According to the reports, in 2019 a similar incident has happened near Bikaner, Rajasthan when an IAF MiG-21 Bison aircraft after it got airborne from Air Force Station Nal airbase for a routine sortie. The fighter jet crashed in Shobhasar Ki Dhani which is nearly 12km from Bikaner City probably because of bird-hit.