WB: IAF MiG-21 crashes, pilot safe

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New Delhi, Feb 19: An IAF MiG-21 combat jet crashed soon after take-off from Bagdora in West Bengal on Friday, Feb 19.

An IAF spokesman said, "The aircraft crashed around 3 pm. soon after take-off and the pilot, Squadron Leader Rahul Tiwari, ejected safely."

He also said, "The pilot was picked up by an SAR (search and rescue) helicopter and has been taken to hospital."

This is the second crash of an IAF fighter in three days.

A MiG-27 had crashed near the Hashimara air base, also in West Bengal, on Tuesday, Feb 16.

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