A MiG-21 pilot was killed after his fighter jet crashed in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district on Wednesday, news agency ANI reported. Also Read - Spiti Valley Closes Tourism Activity for Year 2020 To Curb the Entry Of Covid-19 In The Valley
The fighter jet was reportedly coming from Punjab’s Pathankot and crashed at around 1 pm in Patta Jatian village in Jawali, after losing contact with its system. Also Read - School Reopening News: Himachal Gives Green Signal to Reopen Schools From Sept 21 | Read Here
The aicraft was a routine sortie when it crashed at 1.21 pm, after flying from Pathankot at 12.20 pm. A Court of Inquiry has been ordered into the incident. Also Read - 5 Unexplored, Easy On The Pocket Destinations in Himachal Pradesh
The incident comes days after an ill-fated chartered aircraft crashed into an under-construction building in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar claiming five lives, including one pilot, one co-pilot and two engineers who were on board.
Husband of Captain Maria Zuberi – the deceased co-pilot of the aircraft – had alleged that his wife was forced to fly the King Air C90 chartered plane in spite of bad weather conditions.
The aircraft, which was sold by the Uttar Pradesh government to Mumbai-based U Y Aviation Pvt Ltd, was made to go on a test flight after undergoing one and a half years of extensive repair. The aircraft was on its first flight after being grounded for nine years.
On May 27, an Indian Air Force pilot was killed when his MiG-21 fighter plane crashed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district.