| GEO World|
| Indian Air Force jet crashes|
| Updated at: 1321 PST, Tuesday, June 15, 2010|
NEW DELHI: A MiG-21 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force on Tuesday crashed near Halwara air base in Punjab, but the pilot bailed out safely.
The crash took place at around 11.15 hours just outside the Sidwan Khas Range in Halwara, 33km from here.
"A MiG-21 Type-96 aircraft crashed around 11.15 hours near S K Range near Halwara air base. The pilot ejected from the cockpit safely," an IAF spokesperson said in New Delhi.
"The pilot had flown the plane from Pathankot air base for a routine armament training sortie at the range in Halwara when the mishap occurred," he said.
With Tuesday's crash, the IAF has lost three fighter jet planes this year.