Anantnag, 27 May-2014: An Indian Air Force MiG-21 jet crashed in Anantnag district of Kashmir on Tuesday morning, killing the pilot.
The pilot Raghu Bansi, an IAF Squadron Leader, died on the spot while the co-pilot has suffered serious injuries. The fighter plane took off from Srinagar, and crashed at 10:48 am, about 10 km from Avantipora in South Kashmir. Although the cause of the crash is not yet known, a team of IAF officials have rushed to the spot of the accident.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah expressed his condolences to the bereaved family of the pilot and suggested that the Centre address the defence procurement issue of the armed forces at the earliest.
“Not entirely disconnected from today’s crash the new Govt needs to sort (out) defence procurement issue for Navy, Air Force & Army ASAP,” he said on twitter.
Expressing grief over the death of the pilot in the crash, the Chief minister said, “My condolences to the family, friends & colleagues of the pilot killed in the MIG crash today. May his soul rest in peace.”
(Input source: IndiaToday)