September 6th, 2011
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IAF ‘Bison’ crashes: Pilot safe

Patiala: A MiG-21 ‘Bison’ fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed near Shambu in Punjab’s Patiala district, today. The pilot ejected out safely. The plane had taken off from Ambala on a routine training sortie and crashed at 1047 hrs, an IAF spokesman said in Delhi.

According to preliminary information it crashed in the fields close to Shambu, about 30 km from here, Patiala’s Senior Superintendent of Police, G S Gill told the press today. Manjit Singh, Station House Officer of Shambu Police Station, said the pilot of the aircraft had ejected out before it crashed in paddy fields.

He said police and fire brigade personnel have rushed to the accident site. A court of inquiry has been ordered into the mishap.


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