Published On: Wed, Jul 18th, 2018

MiG-21 crashes in Himachal’s Kangra, pilot dead

Shimla: A MiG-21 fighter jet of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed on Wednesday during a test flight in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district, killing its pilot.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted to confirm and condole the pilot’s death

IAF officer, Squadron Leader Meet Kumar had last year featured in a promotional video clip in which he shared his love and passion for the MiG aircraft.

Confirming the incident, Kangra Superintendent of Police Santosh Patial that the aircraft crashed in Patta Jatian village in Jawali area, around 70 km from Dharamsala town.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted to confirm and condole the pilot’s death.

A court of inquiry has been ordered.

“We express deep grief at the martyrdom of a brave air warrior. At 1220 hrs today, a MiG-21 of @IAF_MCC, airborne from Pathankot Airfield for a test, crashed near Pathankot. Our heartfelt condolences to the family of brave pilot Sqadron Leader Meet Kumar, who we lost in the fateful crash,” she added.

Sources said that two air force choppers reached the spot and airmen carried out an investigation.

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