NEW DELHI: An Indian Air Force trainer jet MiG-21 has crashed near the city of Gwalior, while both the pilots, a group captain and squadron leader, had ejected safely.
The MiG-21 was on a routine training from Gwalior Airbase when the accident took place near the airfield in the morning in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhind district.
“The two pilots ejected safely according to the information passed to us from the village head from the spot, some 60 km from the district headquarters,” Bhind Superintendent of Police Rudolf Alvares told the Press Trust of India.
“We informed the IAF officials in Gwalior about the incident,” the police officer said.
An IAF official said both the pilots ejected safely from Type-69 twin-seated trainer aircraft and were picked up by a rescue helicopter.
He said the court would hold inquiry into the incident to ascertain the cause.
27 aircrafts of the IAF, including 15 fighter jets and helicopters, have crashed since 2016. The lost jets include MiG-21 of Commander Abhinandan.