IAF’s fighter plane MiG-21 makes emergency landing at Srinagar airport

NEW DELHI: The Indian Air Force’s MiG-21 crash-lands at Srinagar Airport. The pilot has been safely evacuated but the runway was damaged..

A MiG-21 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force made an emergency landing at Srinagar airport on Tuesday after developing a technical snag.

The pilot was safe even as the aircraft tyres were damaged and flight services at the airport stopped.

An IAF official here explained that after an emergency landing, at times an aircraft needs to switch off on the runway as per SOP. It takes a little time to clear off the runway and normal flying activity will resume after some time.

PTI’s sources said that fire tenders were rushed to the runaway to ensure that the aircraft did not catch fire. “The tyres of the jet were badly burnt due to the emergency landing but timely action saved the plane,” they added.

Meanwhile, the civilian flights to and fro Srinagar Airport were briefly delayed in view of the jet making emergency landing.

Indian Air Force officials refused to comment on the incident while Public Relations Officer, Defence, said he would comment after collecting information from the authorities concerned.

With inputs from PTI.