Why are MiGs flying coffins for IAF pilots?

New Delhi: The crash of a MiG-21 Bison and the death of a pilot near Uttarlai air base in Barmer, Rajsthan, on Monday, is yet another  mishap in the troubled history of an aircraft that
why are migs flying coffins for iaf pilots -...
PTI August 02, 2013 9:21 IST
New Delhi: The crash of a MiG-21 Bison and the death of a pilot near Uttarlai air base in Barmer, Rajsthan, on Monday, is yet another  mishap in the troubled history of an aircraft that has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons in recent times.





In the IAF, pilots literally dread flying the MiG machines. Because, as  many as 482 MiG-21s had been involved in accidents and as many as 171 pilots, 39 civilians and eight persons from other services lost their lives in these accidents in the last 40 years.

In this way, the Indian Air Force has lost more than half of its total fleet of 872 MiG aircraft.




 
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