Jaipur: In a tragic incident, a MiG-21 fighter jet of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed tonight in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer district, bordering Pakistan, killing the pilot, a Wing Commander.
The plane, on a trainee sortie, crashed in Sudasari area of the Desert National Park in Jaisalmer district.
According to eyewitnesses, the aircraft caught fire before falling onto the ground.
Air Force pilot Wing commander Harshit Sinha died in this incident, the IAF said.
The IAF has ordered an inquiry into the incident.
“This evening, around 8:30 pm, a MiG-21 aircraft of IAF met with a flying accident in the western sector during a training sortie,” the IAF tweeted.
“With deep sorrow, IAF conveys the sad demise of Wing Commander Harshit Sinha in the flying accident this evening and stands firmly with the family of the braveheart,” the IAF said in a subsequent tweet.