A Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 Bison fighter jet belonging to the Indian Air Force crashed near Suratgarh, Rajasthan state, in the evening of January 5, 2021.

According to the IAF, the aircraft was performing a training sortie. The crash occurred on landing, the pilot successfully ejected, and there was no damage to ground structures.

According to Indian media, the technical malfunction occurred during the sortie, but the pilot still tried to land the airplane. A court inquiry has been ordered to find out the cause of the crash.

Soviet-made MiG-21 fighter jet has served with Indian Air Force since the late 60s, and is currently being phased out. Most of Indian MiG-21s are of Bison variant and feature upgraded radar, avionics and weapon systems. 

In a span of several days, Indian Air Force (IAF) confirmed an intention to purchase a number of new fighter jet aircraft, including refurbished Soviet-made Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29s. It also considers buying more Dassault Rafales.
Lieutenant Avani Chaturvedi, the first female pilot of the Indian Air Force (IAF) to have completed a solo flight, will make history again. Assigned to the Squadron No. 17 “Golden Arrows”, she will pilot the Dassault Rafale fighter jet, the latest addition to the IAF arsenal.