ISLAMABAD (ENN) The Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) here on Wednesday said a MiG 21 was shot down and its pilot is missing.
Addressing a brief press conference, a spokesperson for the Indian MEA said, “We unfortunately lost one MiG-21 in this engagement and an Indian pilot is missing in action. Pakistan claims the pilot is in their custody, however we are ascertaining the facts.”
In the aerial engagement, a Pakistan fighter aircraft was shot down by a MiG-21 Bison. The aircraft was seen by ground forces falling on the Pakistan side, he added.
Moments earlier, Indian media confirmed an Indian Air Force (IAF) wing commander is in Pakistan’s custody.
India media reports stated IAF pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan took off in a MiG 21 Bison jet and is yet to return. Wing Commander Abhinandan is the son of a retired Indian Air Marshal, the reports added.
A video of the captured Indian pilot was released hours after the Pakistan Air Force shot down two Indian jets within the Pakistani airspace and arrested two pilots, one in injured condition.
In the video, the captured pilot can be heard saying: “My name is Wing Commander Abhinandan. My service number is 27981. I am a flying pilot. My religion is Hindu.”
When asked to share more, the arrested pilot can be heard saying: “I’m sorry sir, that’s all I’m supposed to tell you.”
The other pilot who was arrested in an injured state is under treatment at CMH, Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations Major General Asif Ghafoor said during a press conference held after Pakistan’s retaliatory action to India’s aggression.