Himachal: MiG-21 crashes in Kangra

Shimla, July 18: A MiG-21 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Wednesday crashed in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.

Kangra Superintendent of Police Santosh Patial told media the aircraft crashed in Patta Jatian village in Jawali area at around 1.30 p.m.

The MiG-21 took off from the Pathankot IAF station.

There was a pilot in the plane and his whereabouts are being ascertained, Patial said.

Two IAF choppers landed on the site of crash and the airmen were carrying out an investigation.

Last month, five persons were killed after a chartered plane crashed upon an under-construction building in Ghatkopar.

Prior to this, an IAF Jaguar aircraft on June 5 crashed in Mundra in Gujarat’s Kutch district, killing the senior pilot.

In another accident, a Mi-17 chopper crashed in Uttarakhand’s Kedarnath in April, injuring six.

An IAF chopper also crash landed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Natha Top on May 23. However, all passengers and the crew members were safe.


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