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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