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PostSubject: Another MiG-21 crashes, pilot safe   Sat Feb 20, 2010 9:53 am

New Delhi: In yet another crash in IAF, a MiG-21 fighter jet went down near Bagdogra in West Bengal minutes after take-off on Friday afternoon. The pilot managed to eject safely. While the court of inquiry will establish the exact reason behind the crash, which comes soon after a MiG-27 pilot was killed after his fighter crashed near the Hashimara airbase on Tuesday, preliminary reports said ‘a technical snag’ led to the accident on Friday.
‘‘The pilot, Squadron Leader Rahul Tiwari, had taken off from Bagdogra airbase on the MiG-21 but within minutes, at 3.40pm, reported trouble in the aircraft and ejected,’’ said an official. Though some years ago there was a remarkable turnaround in IAF’s high crash rate, which earlier saw over 700 crashes since 1970, killing around 180 pilots and scores of civilians on the ground, a spate of crashes has taken place in recent months.
The aging MiG variants, which constitute the bulk of India’s combat fleet, have of course been the main culprits. The single-engined MiG-21s, in particular, have a horrifying track record. Of the 793 MiG-21s inducted into IAF since 1963, over 340 have been lost in accidents.
Coupled with the several design limitations in MiG-21s due to their 1960s and 1970s vintage, this was due to shoddy maintenance, poor quality control of spares and inadequate training to rookie pilots.

When are we going to get rid of the MiGs?
Anyways as a Indian CPL holder would you take up a job with the Indian Coast Guard? Just for say the experience?

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PostSubject: Re: Another MiG-21 crashes, pilot safe   Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:52 am

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Engine trouble is a known problem in the MiG-27 fleet with crashes in the past being attributed to defects in the R 29 engines of the aircraft. More worryingly, the initial probe has pointed to a major flaw in the engine that seems to have occurred during the overhauling of the aircraft by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The entire fleet had also completed an indigenous upgrade programme last year that was executed by HAL.

Raising a red flag on the serviceability of the fleet, Air Chief Marshal PV Naik said the initial probe hinted at a problem during the overhaul stage that went beyond the realm of day-to-day servicing.

attrocious!!!why do always the best of the best pilots in the country facing such a bad situation??
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