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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

NEWS FLASH - MiG-27 crashes in West Bengal, pilot killed

New Delhi: A MiG-27 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed in West Bengal on Tuesday, Defence Ministry officials said. The pilot was killed in the accident. The fighter plane took off from the Hashimara air force base. The pilot, Wing Commander Aswal, was killed in the crash.

In previous incidents related to this aircraft, the IAF lost two of its Russian-made MiG-27s in crashes last year.
In May 2009, a MiG-27 crashed at Jodhpur, and in October another MiG-27 crashed near New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal. In both cases, the pilots ejected safely.

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