A Mikoyan-Gurevich MIG-21 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed Tuesday in Bijbehara area of Anantnag district in Kashmir, killing the pilot.
The pilot, Squadron Leader Raghu Vanshi, 32, was killed in the crash, they said. According to the villagers present there, the pilot steered the plane away from populated areas to save civilians lives.
“Once we heard about the crash we rushed to the site, took out the body of pilot and handed it over to the army and police,” said a villager Mushtaq Ahmad. The MIG-21, which was on a routine exercise, crashed in an open field at Mirhama in Bijbehara area, 45 km. from Srinagar, defense sources said.
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