According to the Reuters news agency, an Indian Air Force MiG-21 aircraft crashed in the border state of Rajasthan in northern India on Monday.
The pilot ejected after the Russian-made MiG-21 single-seat jet developed a malfunction, an Indian Air Force statement said.
The plane crashed into the roof of a house in a village in Rajasthan, killing three people there.
According to the statement, “the wreckage of the plane fell on a house in Bahlul Nagar village of Hanumangarh district where unfortunately three lives were lost.”
The pilot, who landed safely on the ground, sustained minor injuries, the Air Force said. A court of inquiry has been constituted to investigate the accident.
Last year, Indian media reported that the Indian Air Force has decided to ground all its Soviet-era jets by 2025.
MiG-21s were dubbed ‘flying coffins’ by media in India after numerous accidents.
These aircraft were inducted into the Indian Air Force in 1963.