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IAF MiG crashes in MP, pilot safe
Gwalior, Feb 4 (IANS):
Published on 4 Feb. 2011 11:59 PM IST
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A Soviet-era MiG-21 of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed in Madhya Pradesh on Friday but there were no casualties as the pilot ejected safely, according to an IAF spokesperson.
The incident occurred at around 11.20 a.m. at Anup Nagar, 150 km southwest of Gwalior town. “The pilot ejected safely and was picked up by the IAF,” the official said.
The crash comes after the Indian Army on Wednesday lost two of its experienced pilots when their helicopter crashed into a residential area in Maharashtra’s Nashik city.
In the last three years, a total of 60 aircraft, including MiG-21 and helicopters, have crashed, killing 43 personnel of the Indian armed forces and five civilians.
The IAF is in the process of replacing its ageing MiG-21s that have earned the sobriquet “flying coffins” due to the high rate of air crashes in the late 1990s and the early years of this century. In 2010, the Indian armed forces suffered over a dozen air accidents including four army Cheetah crashes at Nagrota and Kalsi in Jammu and Kashmir, Sikkim and Nagaland.
An Indian Air Force Cheetah helicopter crash-landed in the Siachen glacier in the second week of November last year but without any casualties.

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