MiG-21 Fighter Jet Crashes in Himachal’s Kangra, Pilot Dies

The fighter pilot of the MiG-21 Indian aircraft that crashed in Himachal Pradesh's Kangra district on Wednesday, 18 July, has died. A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to establish the cause of the accident, reported ANI

The fighter jet, which had taken off from Punjab's Pathankot, crashed in Mehra Palli village under the Jawali police station, Kangra Superintendent of Police (SP) Santosh Patial said.

"The MiG-21 took off from Punjab’s Pathankot and later lost contact with its system. Police are present on the spot. The fire has been doused but debris are scattered everywhere... No one else was injured." - Kangra SP Santosh Patia, as quoted by ANI

Two IAF helicopters also landed at the crash site with Air Force personnel who are conducting preliminary investigations.

The aircraft, which was on a routine sortie crashed at 1:21 pm in the Kangra district. It had got airborne from the Air Force Station in Pathankot at 12:20 pm.

(With inputs from ANI.)

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