The Indian Air Force has grounded its entire fleet of MiG-21 fighter jets after the Rajasthan crash. The entire fleet has been grounded pending an investigation into the ‘flying coffin’ crash in Rajasthan earlier this month.
It may be recalled that on May 8, a MiG-21 aircraft that took off from Suratgarh Airbase crashed in a village in Hanumangarh, killing 3 villagers. Various models of the MiG-21 have been part of the Indian Air Force for the past 50 years.
Now there are only 3 MiG-21 squadrons in the Indian Air Force and all of them will be retired in 2025. MiG-21 aircraft were inducted into the Air Force in the 1960s and so far 800 aircraft have been part of the Indian Air Force.