On Friday night, an accident involving a twin-seater Mig-21 trainer aircraft near Barmer, Rajasthan, claimed the lives of two Indian Air Force pilots.
According to the IAF, the incident happened about 9:10 p.m.
From the Utarlai air base in Rajasthan, an IAF twin-seater Mig-21 trainer aircraft took out for a training sortie, the statement read.
“The aircraft had an accident near Barmer at about 9:10 p.m. Injury to both pilots resulted in death. The IAF issued a statement expressing its sincere sympathy for the fatalities and its unwavering support for the grieving families.
An investigation to determine the accident’s cause has been mandated.
After the disaster, Rajnath Singh, the defence minister, spoke with Air Chief Marshal V.R. Chaudhari.
Mr. Singh posted on Twitter that he was “deeply saddened” by the deaths of two Air Warriors as a result of an IAF Mig-21 trainer aircraft accident close to Barmer, Rajasthan.
“Their contributions to the country won’t be forgotten. In this difficult time, my thoughts are with the grieving families, he said.