IAF MiG-21 crashes in jungle in MP; pilot safe

A MiG-21 Bison supersonic jet fighter of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed in a forest near Bhela and Bheemlat villages under Karahal police station limits about five minutes after taking off today from the Maharajpur Air Force Base in Gwalior.

The pilot ejected prior to the crash that caused a crater besides an inferno over approximately 400 sq m. Debris of the aircraft scattered over roughly 500 sq m.

"The crash took place around 1120 hrs about 150 aeronautical miles southwest of Gwalior. An IAF helicopter conveyed a rescue and relief team to the site in the afternoon. An inquiry has been ordered," an IAF spokesman told UNI over telephone.

A UNI reporter who reached the site reported presence of debris approximately 24 km from here.


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