Fighter pilot of the Indian Air Force was safely able to eject from the old MiG-21 fighter jet before crash.
Indian MiG-21 was returning to the Uttarlai air base in Barmer district after a routine sortie when it crashed. Accident happed at around 11.30 a.m. some 600 km from Rajasthan capital Jaipur.
Similar incident has happened on August 2, 2011, when an IAF MiG-21 fighter jet crashed near the Naal airfield in Rajasthan's Bikaner district. Another IAF MiG-21 'Bison' fighter jet crashed in Madhya Pradesh's Sheopur district on February 4, 2011.
In 2010, a total of 10 IAF aircraft crashes took place including four MiG-27 and two MiG-21 planes.
Earlier this year, Indian defense minister A K Antony has informed the Rajya Sabha that IAF has lost over 6 fighter jets each year from last 7 years.
Indian defense minister said that Inidan Air Force has lost 46 fighter jets since 2005 including Su-30MKI, Jaguar and old Russian MiGs .