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Serving IAF officer moves court, demands scrapping of MiG-21

Serving IAF officer moves court, demands scrapping of MiG-21

Wing Commander Sanjeet Singh Kalia has filed a petition saying that flying a MiG-21 violated his right to work in a safe environment.

New Delhi: Wing Commander Sanjeet Singh Kaila, survivor of a near fatal MiG-21 crash, has has become the first pilot to move to court demanding scrapping of the MiG-21 fighter jets from the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Kaila has filed a petition at the Delhi High Court saying that flying a MiG-21 violated his right to work in a safe environment.

Kaila was injured in a MiG-21 crash in January 2005 while he was on a routine sortie from the Nal Air Base in Rajasthan. The crash left him with severe neck and spinal injuries rendering him unfit to fly. He said the crash was caused by poor workmanship at a Hindustan Aeronautics Limited facility.

Even though his MiG-21 was on fire but Kaila did not eject as the plane would have fallen on a populated village. He managed to steer his jet to an open field and then only managed to eject.

first published:July 17, 2013, 11:30 IST