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Indian Air Force fighter aircraft crashes in western state

Christian Fernsby |
A MiG-21 Bison fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed Wednesday in the western state of Rajasthan, officials said.

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The aircraft crashed during a training sortie in Barmer district, about 533 km west of Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. The pilot, according to officials, has ejected safely.

"At around 17:30 hours (local time) today, an IAF MiG-21 Bison aircraft airborne for a training sortie in the western sector, experienced a technical malfunction after take off. The pilot ejected safely," reads a statement issued by IAF.

"A court of inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause," the IAF said.

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