90-min Before New Defence Minister Takes Over, IAF MiG-21 Crashes, Pilot Killed

Just about 90 minutes before India's new defence minister Arun Jaitley got into his new boots at the MoD this morning, a sharp, tragic reality check from the north. An Indian Air Force MiG-21 interceptor crashed in Kashmir, killing its pilot, Squadron Leader Raghu Bansi. The jet took off from Srinagar, crashing at 10:48am about 10-km short of Avantipora, where the IAF operates another base. Will update this post with details.

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