MiG 21 Crash Jaisalmer: A MiG-21 plane of the Indian Air Force crashed in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer on Friday (24th December) during a training sortie. In this mishap, we lost Wing Commander Harshit Sinha.
Facts About Wing Commander Harshit Sinha
- IAF Officer Harshit Sinha was trained in National Defence Academy under 173 Course.
- He was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 19 Jun 2004.
- On 19 Jun 2017 he was promoted to the rank of Wing Commander.
Fifth MiG Crash in 2021
This is the fifth mishap this year involving the Russian-origin MiG-21. On August 25, IAF’s MIG-21 Bison aircraft crashed in Rajasthan’s Barmer. The pilot ejected safely and no casualties were reported.
In May, an IAF pilot was killed in a MIG-21 aircraft crash in Punjab’s Moga. Another crash happened in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, on March 17 claimed the life of Group Captain Ashish Gupta. On January 6, an aircraft crashed near Suratgarh in Rajasthan during a training sortie. The pilot managed to eject safely.
READ MORE: List of Indian Air Force Crash 2021
Currently, the Indian Air Force operates 4 squadrons of MIG-21 Bison fighter jets. Each squadron consists of 16-18 aircraft. In the next three to three-four years, these aircraft will be phased out.
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.— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) December 24, 2021