IAF plane crashes near Jamnagar, pilot safe
The MiG-29 fighter plane crashed in Ravalsar 25 km away from Jamnagar. However, no casualty has been reported, say sources. Pilot is reportedly safe. Reasons for the crash is unknown.
Another IAF MiG-29 had crashed in Jamnagar in June this year.
On July 15 this year, IAF's Russian-made MIG-21 Bison fighter jet crashed while attempting to land at the Uttarlai air base in the Barmer district of Rajasthan. the crash had earned IAF huge criticism from all sides.MIG has poor safety records that the aircraft has been given given tags like the "Flying Coffin" and the "Widow Maker."
More than 170 Indian Air Force pilots have been killed in MIG accidents since 1970. These accidents have also resulted in the deaths of 40 civilians.Jamnagar has seen many similar crashes in the history.
Two Mi17 helicopters had collided near Jamnagar killing nine air force personnel on August 30 2012.
Four people including two children had died and nine injured when a MIG 21 had crashed in Lakhabawal, about 20 km from Jamnagar on February, 2004.
Another MIG 21 crashed during a firing exercise near Jamnagar on January, 2006, with the pilot ejecting safely.
In June, 2006 another MIG 29 had crashed in the area.
Yet another MIG 29 jet had crashed near an airfield in Jamnagar in November 2006 while yet another MIG 29 crashed in Septemeber 2008.
(With agency inputs)