A MiG-21 Bison belonging to the Indian Air Force crashed in Shobhasar Ki Dhani in Bikaner in the north Indian state of Rajasthan on Friday. No casualties were sustained as the pilot managed to eject safely. This was the seventh fighter jet to have crashed since the beginning of 2019.
In February alone, the Indian Air Force lost five aircraft. On 1 February, a Mirage 2000 crashed while on an acceptance sortie after being upgraded by state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
On 19 February, two Hawk aircraft of the Indian Air Force’s Surya Kiran aerobatic team crashed after hitting each other mid-air during a rehearsal for the AeroIndia show. Read More