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A total of nearly 300 accidents have been reported since 1963. The high rate of accidents has earned the aircraft the name the “Flying Coffin”.
A Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 Bison of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed near Barmer, Rajasthan on Thursday night killing both pilots aboard. The aircraft was a trainer craft and the accident happened during a training sortie. The IAF has established a Court of Inquiry (COI) to determine the cause of the fatal accident.
As part of the training mission, the senior pilot on board, Commander M Rana, was flying the trainer along with the junior pilot Flight Lieutenant Adivitya Bal.
“At 9:10 pm this evening, an IAF MiG 21 trainer aircraft met with an accident in the western sector during a training sortie. Both pilots sustained fatal injuries,” the Air Force said.