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West Bengal: MIG-21 catches fire while landing, pilot safe

May 23, 2008 11:44 IST

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A MIG-21 aircraft caught fire while landing at the Bagdogra airport in Darjeeling district on Friday morning, but the pilot was safe.

Group Captain of Indian Air Force, Bagdogra, M K Dey said the aircraft caught fire at 9:30 am while returning from a routine sortie.

Three fire tenders fought for about half-an-hour to extinguish the blaze.

Though the aircraft was damaged, the pilot was safe, Dey told PTI.

A court of inquiry has been ordered.

Bagdogra Airport Director K K Dey said air traffic at the airport was not affected due to the accident.

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