Chronology of MiG crashes
Following is the chronology of crashes involving MiG-21s in India since 2002.
Following is the chronology of MiG-21 crashes
July 15: A twin-seater MiG-21 fighter-trainer crashed near Srinagar airbase. Both pilots -- Wing Commander R Rastogi and Flight Lieutenant Ganesh, were killed. The jet hit the ground after it suffered loss of power while trying to pull up from a low-flying position. This was the sixth IAF fighter and the fifth of the MiG series to crash in 2003.
June 4, 2003: A MiG-21 aircraft of Indian Air Force crashed shortly after take-off from Uttarlai Air Base in Rajasthan killing the pilot. Flight Lt AS Jamwal was killed after the aircraft caught fire and plunged into a nearby field in Barmer.
April 4, 2002: A MIG-21 crashed in Jodhpur district in Rajasthan. The pilot bailed out safely.
May: At least seven people died when a MiG-21 crashed into a residential area in Punjab.
June 26: A MiG-27 caught fire on the runway at the military airport in Srinagar.
June 26: A Mig-23 fighter crashed in Punjab at the peak of Indo-Pak tensions but the Pilot ejected safely.
July 15: A MiG-21 aircraft caught fire in mid-air and crashed into a pond in a sparsely-populated village near Phansidewa in Darjeeling district in West Bengal. The pilot and a trainee pilot ejected and were rescued with minor injuries.
Sept 9: Two fighter planes of MiG-21 variant, which had been cleared for flying after being grounded for weeks, crashed in Haryana and Rajasthan. The pilots bailed out unhurt. One jet crashed in the fields on the outskirts of Chaurmaspur village near Ambala cantonment while another crashed in Shivpur in Pali district in Rajasthan.
April 4: Three women and a child on ground were killed and five persons were injured, four of them seriously, after a Mig-23 fighter crashed in a residential area in Dashmesh Nagar locality in Ludhiana in Punjab.
April 7: A MiG-21 fighter jet crashed into a milk processing plant in Haryana, injuring at least three people.