"Third since the beginning of the year": Fighter MiG-21 of the Indian Air Force crashed in the state of Punjab

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The Indian Air Force has lost another combat aircraft. Reportedly, on Thursday, May 20, a MiG-21 fighter crashed.

According to the latest reports, the pilot died.



The Indian Ministry of Defense has confirmed the loss of the fighter. The press service of the country's Air Force on its Twitter page posted an official statement on this matter, expressing condolences to the family of the deceased.

According to reports, the MiG-21 "Bizon" fighter crashed in the state of Punjab during a scheduled training flight. Fighter pilot Squadron Commander Abhinav Choudhary was fatally injured and killed. At the same time, there is no information whether he was catapulted or not. The Indian Ministry of Defense did not provide more detailed information on the incident.

At the moment, the causes of the disaster are not known, a special commission has been appointed to clarify all the circumstances of the incident.

According to Indian media reports, this is the third disaster of the MiG-21 of the Indian Air Force since the beginning of this year, with two of them resulting in the death of the pilots.

In 2019, the IAF (Indian Air Force) command announced the need to replace the entire fleet of MiG-21s in service. At that time, the country's air force consisted of six squadrons of these fighters. Five years were allotted for the withdrawal of the MiG-21 from combat strength, i.e. by 2024, the IAF should completely get rid of the Soviet aircraft.
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    1. +6
      21 May 2021
      those. by 2024, the IAF should completely get rid of the Soviet aircraft.

      65 years in the ranks! Unique fighter! I doubt that the record for such longevity can be broken ...
      1. +11
        21 May 2021
        My deepest condolences.
        Mig 21 is an aircraft in which there are essentially no critical failures, except for the engine. It is all the more strange that pilots are dying all the time, and not boys. Of course, here it is difficult to judge the reasons without information, but the concept of an old aircraft in aviation somehow has no idea as given in the press. There is a concept of so many hours before the resource is depleted ... And if the resource is not exhausted, then there are shortcomings in service ... The upgraded Mig 21 BIS, Mig 21-93 aka "Bizon", began to be supplied to India at the beginning of 2000 (2003 to mine), 125 was delivered by the end of 2005. So judge about old age, there is a resource for another 10 years (well, I'm rude). According to statistics in India, Migas fight (disasters) during takeoff and landing ... conclusions can be drawn, although the means of rescue are reliable at all stages of the flight, which is puzzling.
        In any case, deep condolences to family and friends.
        1. +5
          21 May 2021
          Quote: NIKNN
          In any case, deep condolences to family and friends

          I fully support

          What kind of guys are leaving ... Smart, strong - the elite, in a word ...
        2. +3
          21 May 2021
          Difficult to control. SMALL AREA OF THE WING, and to land the plane required a GREAT skill. By the way, the plane cannot glide, if it starts to fall, then immediately it is necessary to eject.
          And most importantly, India buys spare parts not only in Russia, but also in other countries. That is, the risk of acquiring counterfeit spare parts is very high.
          And again., According to an acquaintance., Indians train little cadets on training aircraft, immediately transferring them to SPEED fighters.
          1. +12
            21 May 2021
            I flew on it almost all my flying life and taught foreigners (cadets stupid), of those who were released during the training of not a single disaster ... well, our planes did not refuse. And here
            Quote: knn54
            And most importantly, India buys spare parts not only in Russia, but also in other countries. That is, the risk of acquiring counterfeit spare parts is very high.

            This is really the main thing in all their troubles with this aircraft. From the statistics of LP with MiG21 in India there are fires in the air ... I do not remember a single such case (except in India), there was really a blade break, this is one case on this type in my entire flying life.
          2. 0
            21 May 2021
            A certain Kurt Tank has a very high opinion of the MiG-21. It says a lot.

            And the features that you write about are a kind of sign of the times - the F-104 was similar.
            1. -1
              21 May 2021
              Constant in the yard 2021 - MIG 21 is a shame for the Indian power!
              1. -1
                21 May 2021
                You are right. I meant only the technical and aerobatic features of this aircraft.
                1. -1
                  21 May 2021
                  well then, all the more it is necessary to abandon the old man, plowed for 60 years, retired))))))))
        3. +4
          21 May 2021
          The question is who repairs engines and how? Indian MiG-27 taking off ...
          1. +11
            21 May 2021
            Here I looked 5 times ... Okay, there was a burnout, okay, a fire, everything is clear, but the pilot is sitting and will not understand why ... From the moment the problem began, at least 3 times the command to bailout passed, but here ... no words ... request On top of that, there is no organization of flights ...
            1. +3
              21 May 2021
              Quote: NIKNN
              From the moment the problem began, at least 3 times we would have passed the bailout command, but here ... there are no words ...

              Either surge, or destruction in the engine, this is such carelessness, and the pilot should have a "engine fire" on the scoreboard.
              1. +6
                21 May 2021
                He takes off in a couple, looks at the leader, does not see anything in the cockpit. The RP was obliged to give the command to eject.
                1. 0
                  21 May 2021
                  Yes, the same is true, but there the voice informant must also speak.
                  1. +4
                    21 May 2021
                    There is no RITA on the MiG 27
                    1. +1
                      21 May 2021
                      Quote: NIKNN
                      There is no RITA on the MiG 27

                      Well, there should be a sound signal for an emergency.
                      1. +5
                        21 May 2021
                        I didn’t fly on them, I won’t lie, in theory there is, but the situation is difficult, the tension is extreme, the Leader leaves, you can see how he pulls, tries to hold on to the leader, the exit to the stall and breakdown ... and everything is in front of the RP. Maybe he heard, maybe it didn't work (it worked with a delay, while the sensor worked) But even if after the signal he turned his gaze to the devices and even immediately saw and understood the reason, he would not have had time for anything ... Here is the RP's fault !!!
                        1. +2
                          21 May 2021
                          Quote: NIKNN
                          The leader leaves, you can see how he pulls, tries to hold on to the leader, exit to stall and stall

                          Yes, the same thing caught my eye, the follower understood that he was lagging behind, pulled the handle towards himself, and the speed was no longer enough.
                          Quote: NIKNN
                          Here Wines RP !!!

                          Yes, until the explosion is quiet.
                2. +1
                  21 May 2021
                  Quote: NIKNN
                  He takes off in a couple, looks at the leader, does not see anything in the cockpit. The RP was obliged to give the command to eject.

                  Is he also deaf? Doesn't he hear the change in engine mode? For example (of course not an airplane, but the same flies and is heavier than air) Mi-8mt are going along the mvl, suddenly HIT! We jumped in the seats! It turned out that the flight technician fell asleep and dropped the NPL!
      2. +3
        21 May 2021
        Quote: Doccor18
        I doubt that the record for such longevity can be broken ...


        Amers have U-2, B-52, and not as a type, but of ancient manufacture.
        The F-4 also flies a lot where else, and they are the same age as our MiG.
        1. +1
          21 May 2021
          Quote: Jacket in stock
          The F-4 also flies a lot where else, and they are the same age as our MiG.

          There was information that the maintenance of aircraft in India is of an extremely low level.
        2. -1
          21 May 2021
          and who flies on it? Egypt, Iran?) Laughter F4 phantom now - UAVs for practicing strikes of modern F35 and F15E) partly old F16
        3. 0
          21 May 2021
          well, or as a scout for the Turks) A cheap plane, for such tasks, economically yes
      3. -1
        21 May 2021
        Quote: Doccor18
        those. by 2024, the IAF should completely get rid of the Soviet aircraft.

        65 years in the ranks! Unique fighter! I doubt that the record for such longevity can be broken ...

        And they all fly on them !!!!! Even with Pakistan, they fought off the F-16s and even shot down one .. And where are their newest ones that they buy in large quantities and of different models ..?
        Well, the Indians, it means our fighters haut .. Buddha is your judge.
    2. -4
      21 May 2021
      Question to the author of the note: tell me, but Indians can't sleep straight if only
      Five years were allotted for the withdrawal of the MiG-21 from combat strength, i.e. by 2024, the IAF must fully will get rid[b] [/ b] from a Soviet plane.
      ? Straight itching from them - just to get rid of the MIG 21 and immediately - everything is normalized?
      The request to the authors of articles and notes - use terms carefully when writing your "works".
      1. -2
        21 May 2021
        In the place of the command of India, I would remove MIG21 to someone far away, the plane has already worked out its resource, and modernization is the lot of the countries of the 3rd world, but not the Indian power
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    4. +6
      21 May 2021
      I can’t say anything without knowing the facts, but it’s somehow too strange when 5 planes of the same type fight in one country in 3 months, people die ...
      It does not seem like an accident, someone's interest is traced, supported by actions ...
    5. 0
      21 May 2021
      In their minds, they should have been offered a long time ago to jointly finalize the C-5x project, with the highest export potential.
    6. +1
      21 May 2021
      Maybe it's not the plane? Spare parts must be used original in aviation ...
    7. 0
      21 May 2021
      "Tum, balalaika, spire, balalaika,
      Calm, balalaika. "
    8. +1
      21 May 2021
      The car is a pier but difficult to take off and land.
      There is either an engine failure, a pilot's blunder or a mess in service.
      I have service in the 1st place.
      1. -1
        21 May 2021
        The car is unpretentious - then everything is goodbye, I would still get the MIG-15 to the Indians if they like retro)))
    9. 0
      21 May 2021
      Leave this grandfather alone, Indians, do not be greedy for new planes, otherwise this old plane will fall every year ...

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