Two pilots of the Indian Air Force were sacrificed on Thursday night when their two-seater MiG-21 fighter plane crashed during a training flight near Barmer in Rajasthan. The plane crashed in Bhimda village of Baitu police station area of Barmer. When the plane crashed, there was a big crater in Bhimda village of the district where its debris fell. The Air Force has ordered a Court of Inquiry to ascertain the cause of the accident.
Rajnath Singh, the defence minister, reportedly spoke with Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhary, the chief of the air staff of the Indian Air Force, about the tragedy. The Defense Minister has been informed in full of the accident's details by the Air Chief.
According to news agency Pretr, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh expressed grief over the sacrifice of both the pilots in a tweet. Singh said that the loss of two air warriors in the accident is deeply saddening. He said that “their service to the country will never be forgotten. My thoughts are with the bereaved families in this hour of grief.”
The Indian Air Force said that “the aircraft had left for training from Rajasthan's Utrlai airport on Thursday evening. It crashed near Barmer at around 9.10 pm. In this, both the pilots attained Veergati. The army has expressed regret over this. However, he did not reveal the names of the two pilots. The Army has said that it stands firmly with the bereaved families of the pilots. Along with this, an inquiry has been ordered to find out the cause of the accident.”