MiG-21 crashes in Assam, pilots eject safely (Lead)

November 12th, 2008 - 4:20 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Nov 12 (IANS) A MiG-21 trainer aircraft of the Indian Air Force, on a routine training mission, crashed in Tinsukia district of Assam Wednesday, though both the pilots managed to eject safely. The aircraft crashed near Chabua village in Tinsukia district at about 10.35 a.m., a defence ministry statement said. The aircraft had got airborne from Chabua air base and was on a routine training-flying mission. The pilots, Sqn Ldr Supandeep and Fg Offr Nanda, ejected safely, it added.

Minor damage was caused to a cultivated field but no person on the ground was injured or killed in the incident, the statement said, adding an inquiry has been ordered to investigate the reasons for the crash.

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