Bird strike likely caused Indian MiG-21 fighter jet crash near Pakistan, defense ministry says Staff Writer

Bird strike likely caused Indian MiG-21 fighter jet crash near Pakistan, defense ministry says Staff Writer

Mar 8, 2019 News by Gary Searing

An Indian fighter jet crashed on Friday, March 8 in desert close to the border with Pakistan, likely caused by a bird strike, the defense ministry said.

The Russian-made MiG-21 Bison jet was on a routine sortie from Air Force Station Nal in western Rajasthan state when it crashed near Bikaner at around 2:30 p.m., the Ministry of Defence statement said, adding that the pilot ejected safely.

“Initial inputs indicate the likely cause of accident as bird hit after take off,” it said.

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 is a jet fighter and interceptor aircraft first developed in the Soviet Union in the 1950s. It began to enter service in India in the 1960s, and the upgraded Bison variant is the most recent, inducted by the Indian Air Force in the early 2000s.

The Defense Post