Egyptian MiG-21 crashes after catching fire


The Egyptian Air Force lost a MiG-21UM jet trainer on Sunday after it caught fire and crashed, killing one person on the ground.

The aircraft was on a training mission when it caught fire shortly after taking off from an airfield near Luxor, and subsequently crashed at Al-Madamod, some 11 km from Luxor. The pilot, Wael Nabil, ejected but fractured both elbows upon ejecting.

Egyptian military spokesman Colonel Ahmed Mohammed Ali said the aircraft exploded in mid-air, littering the ground with debris and setting several houses on fire, according to Air Forces Daily. It was reported that one person was killed and two others injured on the ground.

The cause of the crash is being investigated by the Egyptian military.

The Arab Republic of Egypt Air Force (al Quwwat al Jawwiya Il Misriya) operates around 50 MiG-21MFs (including 10 MiG-21UM trainers), out of at least 80 originally delivered by the Soviet Union, as well as the Chinese-built F-7. Egypt’s MiG-21 fleet is flown by 45 and 49 Squadrons of 104 Fighter Regiment at Al Mansurah and 26 Squadron of 111 Fighter regiment at Mersa Matruh, according to IHS Jane’s.