Indian Air Force MiG-29 Fighter Plane Crashes

On November 8, 2013, an Indian Air Force MiG-29 fighter plane crashed in a farm in western India near Jamnagar, Gujarat.  Luckily, there were no casualties and the pilot is safe.

Little is known about the cause of the crash at this time.

Generally, Russian-made MiG planes have poor safety records and Indian Air Force’s record with MiG’s is no different.  Since 1970, IAF has had more than 170 pilots and 40 civilians killed in MiG accidents.   There were two crashes earlier this year, a MiG-29 crash in June of 2013 and a MiG-21 crash landing in July of 2013.  Due to the poor safety record, MiGs are given nicknames such as “Flying Coffin” and the “Widow Maker”.

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