IAF grounds MiG-21 fighters till pending probe into recent Rajasthan crash

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Saturday grounded the entire fleet of MiG-21 fighters till the pending probe into the recent crash that took place in Rajasthan, ANI reported.

A senior defence official said the MiG-21 fleet has been grounded till the investigations are carried out and reasons for the crash are ascertained, the report stated. On May 8, as many as three people were killed in the crash when a MiG-21 Bison fighter jet that took off from the Suratgarh air base crashed over Hanumangarh in a village.

Also Read: IAF’s MiG-21 fighter aircraft crashes in Rajasthan, 3 civilians dead, pilot safe

Following the crash, the IAF had said the incident took place during a routine training sortie and the pilot ejected safely and suffered minor injuries.

Reports said a helicopter was also rushed to the spot to rescue the pilot.

The MiG-21 was inducted into IAF in the 1960s and the IAF has 31 combat aircraft squadrons including three of the MiG-21 Bison variant.

The IAF now has three MiG-21 squadrons with a total of around 50 aircraft. Last year, the IAF decided on a timeline of three years to phase out the remaining MiG-21 fighter squadrons as a part of a modernisation drive.

Early this month, IAF grounded its fleet of Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) after three crashes in the last two months. The move was made as a precautionary measure to prevent more crashes.

Also Read: Army grounds Dhruv ALH helicopter following three crashes in two months

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