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MiG-21 crashes in Bangalore, pilot killed

October 26, 2005 22:00 IST

A MIG-21 aircraft of Indian Air Force crashed at the Bangalore airport on Wednesday following a suspected technical snag, killing test pilot Squadron Leader K R Muthy

Murthy managed to eject with the help of parachute that landed on a fireball triggered by the crash of the fighter plane. Belonging to IAF's Aircraft Systems and Testing Establishment, Murthy died following burn injuries and the impact of the fall, an IAF spokesman said.

Test engineer Squadron Leader K D Bhat also received injuries but is safe.

The aircraft was on a routine training sortie when it experienced problems during take-off.

The aircraft broke into pieces, leading to fuel tanks catching fire at the Bangalore Airport runway. This disrupted airport operations for some time before authorities removed the debris.



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Sub: Do we have pilots in surplus?

It is really disgusting that MIG planes are crashing one after other but IAF is not at all bothered about the precious lives of our ...


Posted by Rony Wilson





Sub: It is a crime.

And it is being committed by the top brass of one of our defence wings popularly known as the Indian Air Force. And the Rashtrapati, ...


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Sub: MiG-21 crashes,....

Another one bites the dust....this "accident" should come as no surprise as it's an open secret that the MiG-21s are flying coffins - death-traps which ...


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