Shailesh Kumar, National Defence
New Delhi, 30 March 2019
Today morning a MiG 27 UPG aircraft of IAF which had got airborne from Utarlai Air Force station, crashed around 1145 hrs, 120 kms south of Jodhpur. The pilot had reported engine problems before ejecting safely. Preliminary reports indicate no loss of property or life on ground. A court of Inquiry will investigate the cause of accident.
An Indian Air Force’s MiG-21 crashed on 08th March near Nal in Rajasthan. The pilot ejected safely.
Single seater MiG-27 is a Soviet era ground-attack aircraft that India bought in the early 1980s. It flew strike missions in the Kargil War in 1999, hitting hard targets in the mountains.
This is the 8th crash this year in which Indian air force lost 9 aircraft and 9 personnels. Most of the crashed aircraft are of Russian origin MiGs.
According to leading defence expert Air Vice Marshal Kapil Kal, MiG-27 aircraft was creating problem from day one. It never settle down. Russian fleet used to take some time to settle down but MiG-27 did not confirm to that pattern. He says on the first hand this aircraft should not have been upgraded. Watch the full story at video url: https://youtu.be/NNqC9gCjYcw