An Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-21 Bison plane crash landed in Rajasthan’s Suratgarh on Tuesday, the IAF mentioned in a press release.
The plane skilled main technical malfunction throughout a coaching sortie within the western sector. The pilot survived the crash. “A court of inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.”
In 1961, India procured the Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau-made MiG-21 Bisons which have a max pace of 2230 km/hr (Mach 2.1) and carry one 23mm twin barrel cannon with 4 R-60 shut fight missiles.
The Russian-origin single-engine, single seater multi position fighter and floor assault plane is the again bone of India’s air power. The Indian authorities used the fighter jets in its February 2019 standoff with the Pakistan Air Force (PAF).
The PAF shot down a MiG-21 in aerial fight and captured its pilot Abhinandan Varthaman – who was later handed over to India in a peace gesture by the Pakistani authorities.