A Indian Air force’s (IAF) MiG-21 fighter jet crashed in the fields near Langeana khurd village of Moga, Punjab late on Thursday night.
Squadron leader Abhinav Choudhary, flying the plane died on the spot and was found 2 kms away from the crash site after four hours. The aircraft took off from Suratgarh, Rajasthan and was scheduled to return to Halwara after a routine sortie.
A COI (Court of Inquiry) has been ordered by the IAF (Indian Air Force) to find the reason for the crash.
The aircraft crashed in field around 11pm late at night with a loud noise and explosion. The nearby villagers immediately informed the police.
“The aircraft crashed just near the high-tension wires and not far from habitation but no loss was caused to life and property. It is said that parachute of the pilot did not open properly and which might have caused his death. The IAF teams have reached the spot and are collecting the debris.”
“As per the IAF officials, the jet had taken off from Suratgarh in Rajasthan for night training purposes and it was returning to Suratgarh when it crashed on its way back,” said Moga Police.