Indian Air Force's MIG-23 training aircraft crashes near Jodhpur

Indian Air Force's MIG-23 training aircraft crashes near Jodhpur

Indian Air Force's  MIG-23 training aircraft crashes near Jodhpur

An Indian Air Force's MiG-23 training aircraft crashed near Jodhpur's Balesar on Thursday. Both pilots ejected safely.
 
The MiG-23 UB trainer aircraft was on a routine sortie when it crashed approximately 60 km from Jodhpur, said an Indian Air Force spokesperson here. A court of inquiry has been ordered to look into the cause of the accident.
 
While MiG-23 fighter aircraft were was phased out way back in 2009, a limited number of its trainer version is still in service because they serve as the training platform for MiG-27 combat jets that are still being used by the IAF.
 
The MiG-23 BN, renamed in the IAF as Vijay was retired after 28 years of service and flying more than 154,000 hours. The Soviet-era aircraft were inducted in 1981.
 
However, the air force continue to use the two-seater trainer version – MiG-23 UB.

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