Indian Air Force's MiG-21 crashes near Hanumangarh in Rajasthan

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Indian Air Force's MiG-21 crashes near Hanumangarh in Rajasthan

Three people died after a MiG-21 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed in Rajasthan's Hanumangarh on 8th May.

An overview of the news

  • The fighter jet was doing a routine training sortie earlier in the day when it crashed. 

  • According to IAF sources, the MiG-21 jet had taken off from Suratgarh.

MiG 21 and its high crash rates :

  • Mikoyan and Gurevich were two Soviet engineers who designed the MiG series of fighter jets for the Soviet Union.

  • India inducted MiG-21 fighters in 1963 and it inducted a total 874 planes.

  • More than 400 MiG-21s have been involved in accidents that have claimed the lives of around 200 pilots during the last six decades.

  • One of the main reasons for the high rates of crashes is that it is the largest number of planes in the IAF.  

  • The IAF has been forced to fly Mig-21 despite the fact that it has outlived its age. 

  • The government of India has failed to buy an adequate number of planes to replace existing MiG -21 planes.

  • Now the government plans to replace the MiG-21 plane with the various versions of the indigenously developed Tejas fighter Aircraft.

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