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India`s MiG-23 crashes, pilot killed in Rajasthan

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Feb 7, IRNA -- An Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-23 fighter 
aircraft Saturday crashed while participating in an exercise over 
Pokhran Range, 40 km from Jaisalmer in the western Indian state of 
Rajasthan, killing the pilot, local media reported here on Saturday. 
The crash occurred at 9:30 a.m. (local time) when the warplane was
taking part in a `range sortie`, an Indian Air Force spokesman here 
Police have cordoned off the area, where the remains of the 
aircraft lay scattered. 
The voice recorder and black box of the crashed aircraft has been 
recovered. The IAF has ordered a high-level inquiry into the plane 
crash, the sources added. 

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