From September 2019 to date, four casualties involving MiG-21 took place.
Namely, on 21.05.2021the lastest accident caused the death of Squadron Leader Abhinav Choudhary.
Abhinav was only 28, and the crash happened in a combat training sortie.
The Squadron’s father made an emotional appeal to the government. He requested not to continue the usage of MiG-21 aircraft. The man said, he has lost his son, he didn’t want others to go through this.
Let’s dive in, to find more on this.
The Casualties involving the MiG-21:
Dated 25.09.2019, the MiG trainer aircraft crashed in the Bhind district of Madhya Pradesh. It was the 12th aircraft that crashed in 2019. The number of military personnel killed is around 20.
A similar incident took place in January 2021 and March 2021, around 71 days apart. The first incident took place on 17.03.2021. It followed the death of Group Captain Ashish Gupta (seasoned fighter pilot) in a crash over Central India.
The recent crash took place near Moga in Punjab on 21st May 2021. The air force officials added that the aircraft was on routine training.
To investigate and seek preventive measures a court of inquiry has been set.
The last rites of the Squadron leader took place in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh. It is the ancestral village of the deceased. The IAF officials said, “They stand firmly with the bereaved family”.
The citizens are furious over the casualties. The MiG fighter jet has become obsolete. It should be boycotted. It is no longer safe. The MiG is being termed as the “flying coffin”.
It has negatively impacted the image of the Indian Air Force.
Why the IAF is not ready to let go of the MiG fighter jet?
The Mikoyan-Gurevich is also known as MiG-21 is a supersonic fighter jet. It was first introduced in India in the 1960s. Since then the IAF has operated more than 872 fighter jets. It has been the backbone of support to the air force.
Although, the MiG-21 is seen as the “flying coffin”. It is seen as the safest machinery.
“Compiled for Airpowerasia.com by Dr. Shiv Sastry”
If we see the data by Airpowerasia.com, the percentage loss of MiG-21 aircraft is at the bottom. It has an attrition rate of 0.55 percent in the last 58 years.
According to a graphical study by Dr. Shiv Shastry, a military aviation enthusiast. The MiG-21’s crashing rate is 4.67 aircrafts a year (out of total strength of 872). In comparison to, Ouragan, with a crashing rate of 2.71 aircraft a year (of total strength 113).
True, the data speaks for itself. The allegations against MiG-21 stand invalid. But the fact remains we are losing the assets of our country.
Lt. Squadron Leader Abhinav Choudhary is an assest. The loss is irreperable.
The country is mourning the loss. To summarize, we cannot and should not lose our officers to such casualties