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Jaisalmer, 25 December. A MiG-21 fighter plane of the Indian Air Force crashed on India-Pakistan in the Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan at around eight o'clock on Friday night. Pilot Wing Commander Harshit Sinha was martyred.
With deep sorrow, IAF conveys the sad demise of Wing Commander Harshit Sinha in the flying accident this evening and stands firmly with the family of the braveheart.— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) December 24, 2021
Pilot Harshit Sinha was a resident of UP
Pilot Sinha was originally from Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh. Due to the crash of the MiG-21, the body of the aircraft and pilot Wing Commander Harshit Sinha was dismembered and caught fire.
जैसलमेर के पास प्रशिक्षण उड़ान के दौरान मिग-21 विमान दुर्घटना में पायलट विंग कमांडर हर्षित सिन्हा जी की मृत्यु का दुःखद समाचार प्राप्त हुआ।— Avinash Joshi (@ajrajbjp) December 25, 2021
ईश्वर दिवंगत आत्मा को शांति एवं शोकाकुल परिजनों को यह दुःख सहने का संबल प्रदान करे। pic.twitter.com/TNSUKsWWgN
Let us inform that Wing Commander Harshit Sinha, a pilot of the Indian Air Force, had flown from Jaisalmer Air Force Station at night for a routine exercise in a MiG-21 fighter jet.
Plane crashes in Sudasari Desert National Park
Shortly after, the plane crashed in the Sudasari Desert National Park located in the Sam Police Station area, 70 km from the Air Force Station Jaisalmer. This place is near the Pakistan border. The entire area is under the control of the Indian Army.
The former sarpanch had reached the spot immediately.
Eyewitness and former sarpanch of Bida Liyaquat Ali say that the incident of the plane crash happened at around 8.30 pm in Sudasari closure of DNP. We immediately reached the spot as soon as we got the information. The body parts of the pilot were lying there and the plane crashed and caught fire.
Ranger narrated a dreadful scene
Ranger Nakhtaram of the DNP area says that last night at 8.20 pm I was standing at Sudasari post. Saw a MiG-21 crashing in the air on our nagaddia post. Within a short time, the wreckage of the plane was scattered over an area of three to four kilometres.
There was a fire in the pieces of the plane all around
According to Nakhtaram, it was coming in pieces all around. I reached the spot. Then within an hour, the team of Air Force, Police, Administration, Forest Department also came there and engaged in the rescue work.
#SAD News— Sumit Chaudhary (@SumitDefence) December 24, 2021
Demise of Wing Commander Harshit Sinha in the flying accident of MIG21 #Jaislmer today this evening https://t.co/wTR5E5voLV pic.twitter.com/4HLFV2t91T
Grief over the loss of the pilot
Ghulam Rasool says that he is also one of the first to reach the spot when the MiG-21 plane crashed. They are sad that we have lost a brave pilot in the accident. The administration team had also reached there for 40 minutes. After the Air Force arrived, we stayed on the spot to help them.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot also offered his condolences. He said, “Saddened to know Wing Commander Harshit Sinha lost his life when a MiG-21 aircraft met with a flying accident in the western sector during a training sortie. My heartfelt condolences to his family members. We share their grief and pray they find strength.”
Saddened to know Wing Commander Harshit Sinha lost his life, when a MiG-21 aircraft met with a flying accident in the western sector during a training sortie. My heartfelt condolences to his family members. We share their grief and pray they find strength.— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) December 24, 2021