New Delhi: On Saturday, an Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-21 fighter aircraft crashed into the fields of Barmer, Rajasthan. Fortunately for the pilots, they were able to eject safely from the aircraft.

It is unclear what kind of technical snag led to the imminent crash. No casualties have been reported in the incident. 

However, this is not the first time the MiG-21 has crash-landed. In 2015, an IAF MiG-21 crashed into the fields of Soibugh, Budgam in Jammu and Kashmir.


India is the third largest operator of Mig-21s behind Russia and China. In 1961, the Indian Air Force (IAF) opted to purchase the MiG-21 over several other Western competitors. As part of the deal, the Soviet Union offered India full transfer of technology and rights for local assembly.

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