Serbian MiG-21 crashes during training, two pilots killed

Lazar Ilic

A MiG-21 fighter jet of the Serbian Air Force crashed in Brasina, near the Serbian border with Bosnia and Herzegovina. The pilots of the two-seater aircraft were both reportedly killed, while one person was injured on the ground.

The MiG-21, registration number 16185, was part of the 101st Fighter Aviation Squadron “Knights” of the Serbian Air Force, based at Batajnica Airport. The 34-year-old aircraft was the last of its type in the Serbian arsenal, according to local media N1.

Scheduled to perform “a regular flight task”, the Soviet-era fighter jet had been “inspected before the flight this morning, in accordance with all procedures, and after the inspection it was determined that it was in good working order and ready for flight,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement. “Competent investigative bodies are at the scene of the accident. An investigation is underway.”

The aircraft crashed in a private property, injuring one person on the ground. The man was hospitalized in stable condition. The two pilots were killed, according to N1.

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