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  • Indian Air Pressure fighter jet experiences main technical malfunction
  • Pilot survives crash touchdown
  • MiG-21 Bisons are the back-bone of Indian air assault

An Indian Air Pressure (IAF) MiG-21 Bison plane crash landed in Rajasthan’s Suratgarh on Tuesday.

In an announcement issued on Twitter, the IAF mentioned the plane skilled main technical malfunction throughout a coaching sortie within the western sector. 

The pilot survived the crash, it added. “A court of inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.”

India procured the Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau-made MiG-21 Bisons in 1961. It has a max velocity of 2230 km/hr (Mach 2.1) and carries one 23mm twin barrel cannon with 4 R-60 shut fight missiles.

The Russian-origin single-engine, single seater multi function fighter and floor assault plane is the again bone of India’s air pressure. The Indian authorities used the fighter jets in its February 2019 standoff with the Pakistan Air Pressure (PAF). 

The PAF shot down a MiG-21 in aerial fight and captured its pilot Abhinandan Varthaman – who was later handed over to India in a peace gesture by the Pakistani authorities.

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