MiG-29 fighter aircraft crashes in India's Gujarat
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
New Delhi, Sept 1, IRNA
A MiG-29 fighter aircraft crashed near Jamnagar in Gujarat on Monday during a training sortie but the pilot ejected safely.
"The MiG-29 aircraft was on a one-on-one training flight when the pilot lost control and it crashed. The pilot, Flight Lieutenant Dheer ejected out safely," PTI reported quoting Indian Air Force (IAF) spokesperson Wing Commander Mahesh Upasani.
This is the sixth IAF aircraft to crash this year.
"There is no information as yet about any casualty on the ground when the aircraft crashed about 50 Km west of the Jamnagar air base.
As far as I know, it is vacant plot of land where the aircraft crashed," Upasani said.
The MiG-29 belonged to the IAF's 28 Squadron and it had taken off from Jamnagar for the training exercise. The crash took place at 11:23 hours IST (Indian Standard Time), he said.
Five crashes involved a MiG-27, two MiG-21s, a Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer and a Kiran trainer have taken place this year. A pilot was killed in one of the crashes.
In January this year, a MiG-27 crashed near Hashimara in North Bengal, followed by a MiG-21 crash near Bhuj in Gujarat in February.
In April, a Hawk trainer crashed at Bidar, Karnataka and in May a Kiran trainer crashed at Dindigul near Hyderabad, when a lady trainee pilot was killed.
In the fifth incident, also in May, a MiG-21 from Bagdogra air base crashed.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) placed an order for more than 50 MiG-29s in 1980 while the aircraft was still in its initial development phase.
Since its induction into the IAF in 1985, the aircraft has undergone a series of modifications with the addition of new avionics, sub-systems, turbofan engines and radars.
The MiG-29 is a 4th generation jet fighter aircraft designed for the air superiority role in the Soviet Union. Developed in the 1970s by the Mikoyan design bureau, it entered service with the Soviet It was developed to counter new American fighters such as the F-16 Fighting Falcon, and the F/A-18 Hornet. END
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