Indian Airforce fighter plane MIG-21 crashed on Thursday night at Langiana Khurd village in Moga district of Punjab. Pilot squadron leader Abhinav Chaudhary has died in the accident. The Air Force has ordered a court of inquiry into the incident.
According to media reports, during a training session, pilot Abhinav Chaudhary took off from MiG-21 to Suratgarh in Rajasthan, but the aircraft crashed in Moga. In this accident, the Air Force not only lost the MiG fighter jet, but also lost a brave pilot. Airforce sources said that Indian Airforce training is going on in the western sector these days. A large number of fighter jets are participating in this.
Last night at around 1 am, Squadron Leader Abhinav Chaudhary flew with his MiG-21 Bison. After taking part in the exercise, he was returning towards Suratgarh airbase at around two o’clock in the night. While flying over Moga, the engine of his aircraft caught fire. Abhinav attempted to handle the aircraft until the last moment, so that they could take it away from the populated area. He ejected away from the population, but by then the aircraft had come down significantly. In such a situation, his parachute could not open despite being ejected. The aircraft then went down with a loud bang. Abhinav’s body is found two KMs away from him.
SP Headquarters Gurdeep Singh said that the control came to know about the crash of an aircraft near Longiana village of Moga. Soon after, Moga’s SSP Harmanbir Singh Gill and all the top police officers rushed to the spot and formed separate teams to find the pilot. He said that teams of Bathinda Airforce and Halwara Airforce had also reached the spot, who started looking for Pilot Abhinav Chaudhary. Abhinav Chaudhary’s body was found in the fields after about 4 hours.