October 19th, 2011
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MiG-29 crashed, pilot missing

mig-29-crashedShimla: Yet anothet tragic accident is to haunt the Indian air force. A MiG-29 fighter aircraft crashed into a mountain during a night flying exercise near Lahaul – Spiti in Himachal Pradesh. The pilot has gone missing. IAF has sent a team to locate the wreckage and the missing pilot, an Air Force spokesperson said

Two MiG-29 aircraft of western air command took off from Adampur in Jalandhar for night flying exercise in high altitude and during a turn, one of them crashed into a mountain. The mishap occurred at 8.30 PM on Tuesday night in Chokang village, 400 kms from Shimla. “As it is a high altitude area, we are facing difficulty in locating the wreckage,” said DSP, Lahaul-Spiti, Khajana Ram. IAF said the second plane returned safely and the exercise has not been called off.

This is the seventh air crash involving IAF’s fighter aircraft this year and the second this month.


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