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Why Must Our MiG-21 Pilots Die?

By Rediff News Bureau
December 27, 2021 10:11 IST
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On December 24 night, Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Harshit Sinha died when his MiG-21 aircraft crashed in Jaisalmer during a training sortie.

Wing Commander Sinha's death adds to the tally of IAF pilots killed in MiG-21 crashes. Despite the high casualty figures, the air force continues to deploy MiG-21s, which have long outlived their utility.


Please click on the images for glimpses of the unbearable sadness at Wing Commander Sinha's funeral.

IMAGE: The wing commander's wife weeps while receiving the Tricolour and his belongings.
Photograph: ANI Photo


IMAGE: The unbearable sadness of an irreplaceble loss. Photograph: ANI Photo


IMAGE: A family member weeps at the wing commander's coffin.
Photograph: PTI Photo


IMAGE: Indian Air Force personnel pay their respects to Wing Commander Sinha at the funeral.
Photograph: PTI Photo


Photographs curated by Anant Salvi/
Feature Presentation: Aslam Hunani/



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