At a briefing in New Delhi, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said an Indian Air Force MiG-21 was ‘lost’ on Wednesday morning after the air space violation by Pakistan. He confirmed that the Pakistani jets were spotted by the Indian radar and were pushed by Indian patrol team immediately. One of the PAF’s F-16 was immediately shot down by a MiG-21 Bison and their attack was foiled.
The pilot of that MiG-21 is “missing in action”, Raveesh Kumar said. Indian Air Force Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor was at the briefing.
#Pakistan Air Force targeted #Indian military installations this morning; IAF detected and foiled the attempt; #IAF shot down 1 Pakistani aircraft; Unfortunately we lost 1 MiG 21 aircraft: @MEAIndia pic.twitter.com/oIC9InOqv5
— PIB India (@PIB_India) February 27, 2019
Updated – The official statement by the MEA confirms that Pakistan violated the Indian air space and quick action was taken by the IAF and their attempts were foiled successfully.
Earlier sources confirmed that Wing Commander Abhinandan took off in a Mig-21 aircraft on Wednesday and had not returned.
Major General Asif Gafoor, the spokesperson for the Pakistani military, held a press conference claiming that Pakistani fighter jets had carried out “strikes” in Jammu and Kashmir. The Pakistani jets also took down two Indian Air Force fighters, Ghafoor said, one of which crashed in Pakistan-controlled territory. The pilots of the crashed planes were taken into custody.
The developments today took place a day after the Indian Air Force carried out a pre-emptive airstrike in Pakistan which targetted Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist camps in Balkot.
Newsmobile has obtained the video of the brave Indian pilot ill-treated by Pakistan. We have decided to hold back and not upload the video on our platform understanding our responsibility as a media outlet and that this would only fuel tensions. We strongly condemn the inhuman treatment of our brave IAF pilot.
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