MiG-21 Bison aircraft crashed in Punjab’s Moga district leading to the death of an Indian Air Force pilot on Friday.
The MiG-21 Bison aircraft was on a routine sortie from Suratgarh while the accident took place. Meanwhile, the fighter jet crashed at Langeana village of Moga district in Punjab
A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to determine the cause of the accident which took place at late Thursday night.
There was an aircraft accident last night involving a Bison aircraft of India Air Force in the western sector, the IAf stated in a tweet.
The deceased IAF pilot is identified as Squadron Leader Abhinav Choudhary. He sustained fatal injuries.
The MiG-21 aircraft near 9.30 pm and it took more than 3 hours to find Choudhary’s body in the fields, said police.
Gurdeep Singh, SP of Moga said, “There is a training facility for fighter jet pilots at a village near Jagraon town in Ludhina district. Abhinav Choudhary came here for training from Suratgarh and was going back when the jet crashed.”
“We received information [about the crash] around 11.30 pm and immediately reached the spot and started search operation for the pilot. We eventually found his body around 3 am, Friday. It seems that he jumped with a parachute and broke his neck while landing,” added SP Gurdeep.
IAF condoles the irrecoverable loss and stands firmly with the family of the pilot. A Court of Inquiry has been assigned to determine the cause of the accident, it said.