MiG-21 catches fire in Bengal

May 23rd, 2008 - 1:58 pm ICT by admin  


Kolkata, May 23 (IANS) A MiG-21 aircraft of the Indian Air Force caught fire while landing at West Bengal’s Bagdogra airport Friday but the pilot managed to get out unharmed, officials here said. “There was a technical snag in the aircraft and one of the wheels got jammed. So the pilot belly landed. While landing at such a high speed, the aircraft caught fire,” said air force spokesperson R.K. Das.

The Bagdogra airport is a military airport open for civilian flights as well. It is located 16 km from Siliguri town in West Bengal’s Darjeeling district.

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