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Another Indian MiG-21 fighter jet crashes

An Indian Air Force MiG-21 aircraft crashed in Gwaliyar on Wednesday, according to the Indian news agency ANI.

Both the pilots of the MiG-21 trainer aircraft including a group captain and a squadron leader managed to eject safely in the crash which took place in the state of Madhya Pradesh, Indian news agency reported.

The aircraft, which was on a routine mission, crashed around 10:30 am Indian time, Inspector General of Police, D.P Gupta told PTI.

An IAF rescue team soon reached the spot with a helicopter and took the two pilots along with it after providing them first-aid, he said.

Crashes involving fighter jet planes are not uncommon in India, which is in the midst of upgrading its Soviet-era military hardware.

Most of the accidents involve the MiGs that India bought decades ago from the Soviet Union, earning it the unflattering flying coffin.

Last July, the pilot of a MiG-21 jet died after the fighter jet crashed in northern Himachal Pradesh state.

Since 2016, the Indian Air Force has lost 27 fighter jet aircraft in crashes.

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