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Soviet-era fighter jet crashes in India; pilot missing

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By the Associated Press

An Indian air force MiG-21 fighter jet has crashed in a village field in northern India and its pilot is missing.

Retired fighters at Rinasi Air Base, Albania (AP / MNILA BULLETIN)

Retired fighters at Rinasi Air Base, Albania (AP / MNILA BULLETIN)

Air Force spokesman Anupam Banerjee says the plane had taken off for a routine flight from a northern air base in Pathankot on Wednesday.

The air force is searching for missing pilot. The cause of the accident is not immediately known.

In June, a Russian-designed Sukhoi fighter jet crashed during a test flight ahead of its induction into the Indian air force.

In recent years, the Indian air force has suffered a series of crashes of helicopters and MiG aircraft acquired from the former Soviet Union. The government says the accidents were caused by human error and mechanical problems.

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