Mig-21 Grounded: After frequent accidents of MIG-21 aircraft of the Air Force, the flight of the entire fleet has been banned. Although this ban is not permanent. Recently, on May 8, a MiG-21 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed in a residential area at Hanuman Garh in Rajasthan during routine shorty. Three women had lost their lives in this accident. Both the pilots managed to eject themselves but were also injured.
After this incident, the Indian Air Force has now grounded the entire fleet of MiG 21 aircraft. The Air Force has said that MiG aircraft will not fly until the reasons for the accident at Hanumangarh are ascertained.
To be retired by 2025
MiG is called the flying coffin
The MiG-21 aircraft made in Russia first joined the Indian Air Force in 1963. Since then, the Air Force has received 872 aircraft, out of which about 500 aircraft have crashed. More than 200 pilots and 56 common people lost their lives in these accidents. This is the reason why it is called by the names of flying coffin and widow maker.
Why is the MiG-21 still in service
Despite being retired in the mid-1990s, it has been upgraded time and again. In October 2014, the IAF chief said that the delay in decommissioning the old aircraft posed a threat to India’s security as parts of the fleet were out of date.
Actually, there is a delay in induction of new fighter jets. This is the reason why the MiG 21 continues to serve the Indian Air Force even after its retirement.
400 accidents in 63 years, 200 pilots and 50 civilians killed, why MiG-21 became India’s compulsion?
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