Just In: A fighter jet of Indian Air Force (IAF) reportedly MiG-29 crashed earlier today 117 km away from Lahore during a training mission.
The jet pilot ejected and is reportedly safe. Indian Air Force first responding teams have taken the pilot away in a rescue helicopter. Cause of the crash is still unknown or not disclosed by Indian Air Force .
On official statement for Indian Fighter Jet, IAF said:
The aircraft had developed a technical snag and the pilot ejected safely as he was unable to control the aircraft. The pilot has been rescued by a helicopter. A court of inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of the accident.
According to the officials , the MiG-29 jet took off from Adampur Air Force Station near Jalandhar, India’s second-biggest military airbase that is located 100 km away from the Pakistan border. The MiG-29 fighter jet crashed 25 km away from the airbase in the city of Hoshiarpur, kilometers away from the Pakistan border near Lahore.
The pictures and videos beign circulated shows that the Local people rushed immediately to the help the pilot:
Pilot of mig 29,escaped after crash in Nawashehar pic.twitter.com/9Wd1VAwGpa
— Amy Rana (@AmyRana6) May 8, 2020
I am relieved to know that @IAF_MCC pilot ejected to safety in Hoshiarpur after his MIG-29 crashed today. Thank the local people for immediately rushing to the aid of the pilot. Proud of you all! pic.twitter.com/fcno2yQDck
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) May 8, 2020
MiG-29’s are Soviet-era fighter jet that the Indian army used during the Kargil war in 1999. Indian Air Force has 60 plus MiG-29 fighter jets and all of them are upgraded with advanced avionics and weaponry so that they can successfully engage air-to-air and air-to-ground missions.
After this event people are again questioning the reliability of MiG-29’s and are calling them as flying coffins. If that’s the case Safety standards should prevail and such jet’s shouldn’t be used for training sessions.
Last year on Feburary 27th, Pakistan shot down Indian MiG-21 fighter jet, capturing Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman after an aerial fight.
Prime Minister Imran Khan ordered to release Abhinandan as a goodwill gesture just 60 hours in captivity and was handed over to India via Lahore border.