August 2, 2011
An IAF Mig-21 aircraft crashed in the precincts of Nal airbase in Rajasthan at around midday, today.
The aircraft was returning from a routine training mission and crashed during the landing phase, killing the pilot.
This is the second crash of a fighter aircraft this year. In February, a MiG-21 crashed on a routine sortie in Madhya Pradesh's Sheopur district though the pilot had ejected safely.
In 2010, 10 IAF aircraft crashes took place including four MiG-27s and two MiG-21s. In parliament defense minister A K Antony had said 24 fighter aircraft accidents took place in the last three years, in which four service personnel and five civilians lost their lives. Of these accidents, 23 percent were due to human error, he said.
Aerospace Diary is working on a report relating to aircraft crashes in India.
Meanwhile a defense official says many countries like China do not officially report accidents.