While the MiG 21's (earlier variants and MiG 23's) do have airworthiness issues , no sane flight engineer would clear an aircraft for flight if he had the slightest of doubts. If an engine flames out in flight , I seriously doubt the mech who certified it even knew that it would happen.
The big problem with MiG 21's are that they are extremely unforgiving aircrafts. They have exceptional high speed characteristics and wonderful agility but at low speeds it is similar to flying a truck without power steering. Same goes for the MiG 23 as well.While the problems do exist with the flight training ,IMHO attributing this particular incident to flight training would be incorrect. To get to a Mirage 2000 sqn , the pilot would already have been night operational on the MiG 21's , so it is not that the pilot was thrown from a Kiran directly to a Mirage and asked to fly nights.
MiG 21's on the other hand , engine flame out in flight or failure (due to any reasons , bird hit anything) would definitely have a very high possibility of a crash because of the way the aircraft handles. Again , in over 90% of the cases , I would not blame the pilots or the training for this. The reason for this being , if all pilots train on MiG 21-77's or MiG 21-FL's , do all of them crash ?
Attrition rates for the MiG 21-BIS
or the MiG 21 Bisons are pretty much in line with all other aircrafts for any airforce in the world.
While the IAF tries everything in its capacity to train pilots for the handling of aircrafts like the MiG 21's , there are certain things which just cannot be taught on the ground and these come with experience , unfortunately sometimes the experience is learnt the hard way.
Getting the Hawks would definitely be a step closer to gaining valuable experience for pilots transistioning from the subsonic Kiran's and Iskra's to the likes of the MiG 21's , but would this eliminate all the crashes , no.
Dl021 , the IAF is very serious about training , the idiots who run the govt however fail to see the reasoning. The Hawk order has been pending since 86 and finally came only in 2003 . As far as the MiG 21 goes , like I said it is the Type 77's or FL
-s which gives the problems , as and when these get replaced with the BIS
, the attrition rates should come down.
Dude, it’s not the a/c... it’s the person in the cockpit!!! IAF have had phenomenal record of crashing GOOD a/c. MiG-21s were dubbed "flying coffins" when 97% of the accidents were pilots' fault.
Sayem, please justify your post with some links ....