In Rajasthan, two pilots were killed when a MiG-21 trainer fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed in Barmer district last night. Barmer District Collector Lok Bandu told AIR that the IAF plane crashed near Bhimda village in Baytoo Block. Persons of the local administration reached the spot and put out the fire of the plane. In a tweet, the Indian Air Force said the twin-seater MiG-21 trainer aircraft was airborne for a training sortie from Utarlai air base. At around 9 pm, the aircraft met with an accident near Barmer. The IAF said it deeply regretted the loss of lives and stood firmly with the bereaved families.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari and enquired about the MiG-21 crash. He expressed condolences for the two Air Warriors who lost their lives in the accident.