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Indian Air Force fighter crashes, pilot dies

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Aug 2, IRNA -- A MiG-21 fighter aircraft of Indian Air Froce (IAF) crashed on Tuesday soon after taking off from Naal airfield in Rajasthan's Bikaner district killing the pilot.

'The pilot ejected but died due to injuries sustained by him,' pti reported quoting defense spokesperson S D Goswami as saying.

The MiG-21 'Type-96' aircraft was on a routine sortie and crashed near the airfield, which is about 15 kms from Bikaner city, he said.

This was the second crash of a MiG series fighter aircraft this year, Goswami added.

On February 4, an IAF MiG-21 'Bison' fighter plane had crashed apparently due to an engine problem while on a routine sortie in Madhya Pradesh's Sheopur district but the pilot had ejected safely.

In 2010, a total of 10 IAF aircraft crashes took place including four MiG-27 and two MiG-21 planes.

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