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According to reports, the 1200-litre fuel drop tank of MIG 21 fell on a field causing a huge scare among farmers in Irugur.

An IAF Jaguar pilot jettisoned fuel tanks of his aircraft after one of the engines failed after being hit by a bird in Ambala on Thursday.

IAF officials said the Jaguar deep penetration strike aircraft was on its way to take part in a training sortie when one of the two engines of the aircraft was knocked down due to bird hit.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday registered a case against unknown officials of the Indian Air Force, Ministry of Defence, arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari and Switzerland-based Pilatus Aircraft Limited for alleged irregularities in the procurement of 75 basic trainer aircraft in 2009.

The aircraft was found 15-20 kilometres north of its designated flight path. Despite a massive search operation, the plane could not be located for eight days due to bad weather and dense forest cover in the area.

The finder may contact Air Force on the following numbers -- Landline: 0378-3222164 or on Mobile nos - 9436499477/ 9402077267/ 9402132477.

Earlier in the day, an IAF An-32 transport aircraft with 13 personnel including seven officers and six air warriors on board went missing in Arunachal Pradesh after getting air-borne from Assam's Jorhat.

Indian Air Force chief, Air Chief Marshal Birendra Singh Dhanoa, on Monday led a group of four Mig-21 aircraft that flew in a “missing man" formation as a tribute to Indian Air Force personnel killed during the 1999 Kargil conflict.

This was the second successful test of the missile from an aircraft. The first test was carried out in November 2017 against a sea-based target in the Bay of Bengal.