IndianFlyboy From India, joined Sep 2003, 294 posts, RR: 7 Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3041 times:
Yes you can L 188 , THANK GOD !!! .Cope India is being held in Gwalior , North of Gujarat.
This aircraft would probably belong to the Operational conversion unit which was moved to the 33rd Wing in Jamnagar. Aircraft type should be the MiG 21 M which is nearing its service life. More details are coming in and the following is the excerpt from various websites:
"Group Capt AV Takurdesia said the aircraft involved in the accident was Type 96 variation which was nearing service completion in the IAF and stood almost on the verge of phase out.
The aircraft was on dummy range flying mission, and had been airborne for over 25 minutes when the pilot notices fuel starvation as he attempted a pull up manoeuvre and was forced to eject out, he said."
Indianguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2952 times:
Interestingly, this isnt first incidence of the "Fuel Starvation" on the Mig-21's . And all these incidents have happened within 50 hours of returning from a major Engine Overhaul from the HAL factory. The Russians have pinpointed certain specific problems in HAL's Overhauling procedures. HAL thinks hte Russians are passing on the blame, the AF seems to tagree with the Russian assesment.
IndianFlyboy From India, joined Sep 2003, 294 posts, RR: 7 Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2885 times:
The problem with this one was fuel pump failure as per the initial reports , there aircraft did not run out of fuel. If that is what caused the crash , hell you can have 3 engines and the aircraft will still have a flameout.
Roy , please post your sources for the claim that IAF agrees with the Russian assesment of using substandard spares. That is too far away from what the IAF thinks or has ever thought.