ISLAMABAD- (Report Syed Khurram Ali): By losing five aircraft by Indian Air Force along with one casualty in the month of February 2019 is now World record.
The largest casualty recorded during the month of January was during the crash of Mi-17 helicopter on 28th January, where six personnel were killed. The latest crash is of MiG-21 Bison of Indian Air Force crashed at Bikaner near Shobhasar Ki Dhani located in the State of Rajasthan this Friday. The pilot managed to eject safely thus making it 7th crash of IAF fighter jet since the beginning of 2019.
In February 2019, the IAF lost five of its aircraft along with the crash of a Mirage 2000 on 1st February, during an acceptance sortie after getting upgraded by state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
While rehearsal for Aero-India air show, two Hawk aircraft of the IAF’s aerobatic team Surya Kiran, crashed mid-air after hitting each other on 19th February, leaving one pilot dead. While a day after IAF claims to carry out air raid against alleged terror camps of Jais e Mohammad at Balakot, Pakistan, IAF lost one confirm MiG-21 Bison during a dog fight with Pakistan Air Force (PAF).
The pilot of this MiG-21 Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman managed to eject from the aircraft and landed in Pakistan Administered Kashmir. As a gesture of peace, the Government of Pakistan returned him to India after two days.
On the same day, another Mi-17 helicopter crashed in Budham in Jammu and Kashmir killing all six on board along with one person on the ground. This was the second helicopter crash of IAF during the first two months of 2019. On 27 February, a Mi-17 chopper of the Indian Air Force crashed in Budgam in Jammu and Kashmir killing all six on board.
Earlier on 28 January, an Indian Air Force Jaguar fighter aircraft crashed in Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh The pilot managed to eject safely.
Thus by losing one Mirage 2000, Two Hawks (of IAF Surya Kiran team) Two MiG-21 (One by PAF & Second in Rajistan), and One Mi-17 Helicopter a total of six crashes alone in February 2019, the Indian Air Force is leading from the front.