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MiG 21 fighter jet crashes in Assam
Published on 8 Aug. 2010 11:20 PM IST
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A MiG-21 fighter jet of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed in the eastern Indian state of Assam, local media reported. The pilot lost control and the aircraft fell on a paddy field some 25 km from the city of Tezpur on Saturday.
The fate of the pilot is unknown. India’s fighter fleet consists mainly of obsolete Soviet MiG-21 models. The Defense Ministry plans to phase them out by 2017. Accidents involving Soviet-designed MiG-21 fighter jets, known as the Bahadhur (Brave) in the IAF, which were produced in India under license and have been in operation for several decades, are frequent in the country.

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