India mourns untimely death of Sqn Ldr Abhinav Choudhary who was killed in MiG-21 crash
Photo: Twitter/@IAF_MCC

A MiG-21 aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed near Moga in Punjab early Friday in which the pilot was killed, IAF officials said. The IAF aircraft was on a routine training sortie when the accident happened.

"There was an aircraft accident last night involving a Bison aircraft of the IAF in the western sector. The pilot, Sqn Ldr Abhinav Choudhary, sustained fatal injuries. IAF condoles the tragic loss and stands firmly with the bereaved family," the Air Force said.

A senior IAF officer said that the incident took place around 1 a.m. The MiG-21 crashed at Langiana Khurd village of Baghapurana in Moga. This is the third crash of a MiG-21 aircraft in 2021.

The cause of the accident and the damages are yet to be known.

A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident involving a Bison aircraft of IAF in the western sector, the Indian Air Force said.

The official Twitter handle of the Indian Air Force put out a tweet paying condolences to the family of the bereaved.

The tweet reads, "There was an aircraft accident last night involving a Bison aircraft of IAF in the western sector. The pilot, Sqn Ldr Abhinav Choudhary, sustained fatal injuries. IAF condoles the tragic loss and stands firmly with the bereaved family."

The news has has sent shock waves across the country saddening a lot of Indians, who are now taking to Twitter to express their grief and pay condolences to late Sqn Ldr Abhinav Choudhary.

Here's how the nation is mourning the loss of the brave young heart lost too soon.

With inputs from IANS.

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