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MiG-21 Bison of IAF crashed, IAF lost Gp. Capt. rank officer

The vintage Russian Origin fighter aircraft Mig-21 Bison is notoriously coming in the headlines again. The Indian Airforce aircraft was crashed at a fighter base situated in central India on Wednesday.

According to the official sources of the Indian Airforce, at the time of the crash, the aircraft was taking off for a combat training mission.

The officer killed in action was Group Captain A Gupta. The force has ordered the court of inquiry to find out the reason for the crash. It is a serious accident as the fighter jet was going on a mission and it cannot be given a green signal before a thorough technical check from maintenance staff and technicians. IAF has lost a senior executive-level officer.

This is the second crash of the veteran single-seater aircraft of the Indian air force. In the first week of Jan 2021 during the training sortie, the jet was crashed near Suratgarh, Rajasthan. Fortunately, the accident did not witness any casualties as the pilot ejected safely.

Since the 1970s the aircraft has crashed on numerous occasions leading to the death of more than 180 officers of the Indian Airforce. Hence, it has assumed a tag of the ‘widow maker’ and the ‘flying coffins’.

Why India is still using these flying coffins?

Because phasing out these aircraft will create a void in aircraft numbers.

The aircraft has gone through a number of upgrades to resolve the problem, nevertheless, it still haunts families of air warriors.

One of the major reasons behind a number of crashes is its compact design, when engine operates in afterburner, close to its surge line and the ingestion of even a small object like bird can lead to engine failure and flame out.