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IAF's MiG-21 jet crashes near Bikaner, pilot ejects safely

Reports so far suggest that the Indian Air Force MiG-21 crash in Rajasthan's Bikaner happened due to a bird hit. A Court of Enquiry will be formed to ascertain further details of the incident.

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IAF's MiG-21 jet crashes near Bikaner, pilot ejects safely
An IAF MiG-21 jet crashed near Bikaner during a routine mission. Representational image.

A MiG-21 fighter jet of Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed near Shobhasar ki Dhani, located 12 km from Bikaner city on Friday. The MiG-21 jet had taken off from Nal near Bikaner for a routine mission before it crashed. The pilot of the aircraft ejected safely, an IAF spokesperson told PTI.

Reports so far suggest that the MiG-21 jet crashed due to a bird hit. A Court of Enquiry will be formed to ascertain further details of the incident, the IAF spokesperson said.

A few days back, the IAF lost one of its Mi-17 chopper near Garend Kalan village in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. The crash resulted in the deaths of six IAF personnel and a civilian.

Of late, IAF's MiG-21 jets have been in the limelight amidst heightened tensions with Pakistan. A few days back, IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman's MiG 21 had also crashed after a dogfight with an F-16 fighter jet of Pakistan Air Force, after which he was taken into custody by the Pakistani army. Abhinandan was released to India after 70 hours of detention in Pakistan.

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