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Egyptian MiG-21 crash

Maintenance and old aircrafts are two issues to tackle for emerging countries, such as Egypt. Last example, the unfortunate crash of a MiG-21, which is old enough in some countries to be put to the hangar for good, but still in use by the Egyptian air force. Indeed, a Soviet-made MiG-21 fighter jet belonging to the Egyptian air force crashed Sunday while on a training mission near the southern ancient city of Luxor, killing a villager on the ground and injuring three, officials said. The pilot bailed out and parachuted safely to the ground before the plane crashed in a rural area outside of Luxor, setting several houses on fire and damaging an elementary school. The fire was quickly put out, said security and medical officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. The Russian-made MiG warplanes were once the backbone of Egypt’s air force. They began to be replaced in the 1980s and 1990s by US-made fighter jets, mainly the F-16. It is a mystery why such aircrafts are still being used even for training as they clearly are very old, and unfortunately, poorly maintained in dire economic conditions.

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