An Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-21 Type 77 aircraft crashed immediately after take-off from Chabua air base in Upper Assam. The pilot, sensing a technical snag, ditched the aircraft and ejected safely.
The crash took place around 1400 hrs Indian Standard Time (IST), when the aircraft took off on a training mission.
This is the sixth crash of an IAF aircraft this year and the fifth since April 30, when a Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft crashed near Jodhpur in Rajasthan, killing Wing Commander PS Nara. The crash was due to pilot error.
On January 21, a Kiran Mk II aircaft crashed near Bidar, killing the pilot Wing Commander RS Dhaliwal, a member of the elite Surya Kiran aerobatics team.
A MiG-27 crashed on May 15 and a MiG-21 Bis on May 27 in Rajasthan. An AN-32 crashed in Arunachal Pradesh last week on June 9, killing 13. The black box of the aircraft was recovered Wednesday evening and has been taken to Jorhat for analysis. If the box is damaged it will be sent the Base Repair Depot (BRD) in Kanpur