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2 pilots die as another MiG crashes

Wreckage of the Indian Air Force training aircraft MIG 21
Wreckage of the Indian Air Force training aircraft MIG 21, which crashed at Bhojnarayan tea gardens, 12km from Bagdogra airport, in Darjeeling on Thursday. — PTI photo

Siliguri, November 14
Another MiG 21 fighter of the Indian Air Force crashed into bushes in a tea estate in thick fog near the Bagdogra airbase this morning, killing both pilots.

In the 17th crash involving IAF’s fighter jets this year, a twin seater trainer variant of MiG-21 broke into pieces over an uninhabited area of a tea estate, about 12 km from the airbase in Darjeeling district and caught fire while returning after a 20-minute training sortie. There was no casualty on the ground.

The bodies of Wing Commander N. Dogra and Flying Officer A.K. Chauhan were charred beyond recognition as the plane caught fire in the impact of the crash, Inspector-General of Police (North Bengal), Bhupinder Singh said. PTI

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