12 Jun 00 MiG-27M FGA Sqn Ldr Joshi     Cr in House Midnapore Dist, Fm KKD ...More
Hey Mike,
                  Just good to know about your keen interest in gathering information regarding the ejection history.
Iam Rijul Joshi son of retired Group Captain AI Joshi (Indian Air Force)
I just wanted to share some of my Dad's ejection information dated 12th June 2000.
Iam sending you a scanned copy of a newspaper cutting of my dad's ejection and his self photo
Hope you would add some more information after going through the newspaper cutting.


MiG-27 crashes, pilot among 3 hurt


MIDNAPORE, JUNE 12: A MiG-27 IAF aircraft crashed this morning at Rohini village in West Bengal's Midnapore disctrict, injuring its pilot and two villagers, police said. Squadron Leader Joshi was on a routine sortie from Kalaikunda airbase on Dudhkumar range at 7.30 am when the ground control detected a fire at the tail end of the aircraft and alerted him when the plane was flying over thickly populated Birdohi village. Joshi ejected before the plane crashed on an unoccupied hut and was burnt to pieces in Rohini village, Sanyal said.

Copyright © 2000 Indian Express Newspapers


A Soviet-era MiG-21 aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed Friday in a forest area near a Madhya Pradesh village due to an engine problem, but there were no casualties as the pilot ejected safely, an official said.

A Soviet-era MiG-21 aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed Friday in a forest area near a Madhya Pradesh village due to an engine problem, but there were no casualties as the pilot ejected safely, an official said.

The incident occurred at around 11.20 a.m. near Bela-Bhimlat village, about 150 km south-west of Gwalior air base after the aircraft took off for a routine sortie, an IAF spokesperson said.

“The pilot, Squadron Leader Falguni Laha Roy, ejected safely and was picked up by the IAF,” the spokesperson said.

He said the fighter, MiG-21 ‘Bison’, developed some engine problem causing the crash.

An IAF rescue team flew to the crash site in a helicopter to fetch the pilot. The accident took place in a forest area and there was no damage on the ground.

The IAF has ordered a court of inquiry.

The crash, the first of a MiG series fighter aircraft this year, comes after the Indian Army Wednesday lost two experienced pilots when their helicopter crashed into a residential area in Maharashtra’s Nashik city.

In the last three years, a total of 60 aircraft, including MiG-21s and helicopters, have crashed, killing 43 personnel of the Indian armed forces and five civilians.

In 2010, the Indian armed forces suffered over a dozen air accidents including four army Cheetah crashes at Nagrota and Kalsi in Jammu and Kashmir, Sikkim and Nagaland.

Other accidents were of four MiG-27 and two MiG-21 planes. Three MiG-27 fighters crashed in West Bengal’s Hashimara and Kalaikunda and one went down in Barmer in Rajasthan. The two MiG-21s crashed in Bagdogra in West Bengal and Halwara in Punjab.

A pilot lost his life in the Hashimara crash Feb 16 last year, while three people were killed on the ground even as the pilot ejected safely in the second crash in the same area July 30.

The IAF is in the process of replacing its aging MiG-21s that have earned the sobriquet ‘flying coffins’ due to the high rate of air crashes in the late 1990s and the early years of this century.


ndian Air Force MIG-27 fighter craft crashes, injured seven

New Delhi, India (BBN) – Seven people were wounded in an Indian Air Force fighter MIG-27 crashed in a village in Jodhpur in the western Indian state of Rajasthan on Friday morning, a Defense Ministry official said.

The MiG-27 pilot, a squadron leader, ejected out of the cockpit safely just before the aircraft crashed between 8.10 hours and 8.20 hours (local time) in Konkani village in Luni, while on a routine sortie, Indian Defense Ministry Spokesman Lt. Col. N. N. Joshi said.

He also said the Indian Air Force (IAF) has ordered a probe into the crash.

This is fourth crash of IAF aircraft in this year. Earlier, a heavy Su30MKI fighter crashed near Jaisalmer on April 30.

The last MiG27 crash took place in Hashimara on January 31, 2008.

BBN/SS/SI/AD-15May09-8:32 pm (BST)

Search for MiG-29 wreckage, pilot on: IAF

20 October 2011 15:15:57 by IANS  

Shimla, Oct 20 (IANS) The Indian Air Force (IAF) said Thursday it was still searching for the pilot and the wreckage of a MiG-29 jet that crashed in the inhospitable Himalayan terrain of Lahaul Valley in Himachal Pradesh two days ago.

However, the search operation was abandoned in the valley for Thursday due to mild snow in higher reaches. Trekkers of the Indian Army would start combing as the aerial survey resumes Friday, officials said.

“The search operation would continue till the wreckage is found. We have deployed a Dornier, an AN-32, SU-30 and Chetak and Cheetah helicopters,” Squadron Leader Priya Joshi, the spokesperson for the IAF’s Western Air Command, told IANS over phone from New Delhi.

The pilot, who had taken off from Adampur near Jalandhar in Punjab Tuesday night, was on night flying training mission, she said.

The aircraft crashed in the mountains of Lahaul and Spiti district, adjoining the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Four choppers were pressed into service in Bharmour (Chamba district) and Chokhang mountains (Lahaul Valley) Thursday morning. But later, the operation was stopped due to snow in the high hills,” said Lahaul and Spiti Deputy Commissioner Rajeev Shankar.

He said the Indian Army trekkers from Leh would start a combing operation in the Lahaul Valley Friday.

The villagers of Chokhang, some 40 km from Keylong town in Lahaul and Spiti district, reported that they saw a fireball in the sky and heard a loud boom Tuesday night after the crash.

The IAF choppers were also deployed on the high passes between the Kugti wildlife sanctuary and the Chobia Pass, located at an altitude of 5,000 metres above sea level, in Chamba district.

“An IAF chopper from the Dalhousie airbase was pressed into service in Bharmour area this (Thursday) morning. Two recces were conducted Wednesday but no wreckage has been traced so far,” Chamba Additional District Magistrate Neeraj Kumar said.

The IAF had ruled out the possibility of locating the wreckage in the Bharmour area, Kumar said, adding “its search operation would now be only in the Lahaul Valley”.

The entire mountain range in the valley is treacherous, and the rocks cliffs are quite steep and gorges are narrow.

An IAF AN-12 aircraft with 102 defence personnel on board, including six crew members, crashed on the 17,400-feet-high Dakka glacier in the Chandrebhaga ranges in Lahaul and Spiti Feb 7, 1968. Only four bodies were recovered.