IAF MiG-21 Bison Pilot Missing After India Lost Aircraft During Confrontation With Pakistan Air Force Jets That Tried to Violate Indian Air Space
MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar (Photo Credits: ANI)

New Delhi, February 27: The Government of India on Wednesday stated that an Indian pilot had gone missing after a confrontation with Pakistani aircraft that tried to violate Indian air space today. MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, while addressing the media today with the Air Vice Marshal, said that Pakistan F-16 tried to violate Indian air space and India retaliated to Pakistan's action. He further said that while one Pakistan aircraft was shot down by India, the IAF lost one MiG-21 Bison and the pilot of the same has been missing. Kumar added that they were trying to ascertain more details about the missing pilot. India-Pakistan Tension Live News Updates

"One Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft was shot down by Indian Air Force. In this engagement, we have lost one MiG-21 Bison. Pilot is missing in action. Pakistan claims he is in their custody. We are ascertaining the facts," Kumar said.

Video: MEA Statement on Missing IAF Pilot

Earlier today, the Pakistan army claimed that it shot down two Indian aircraft and arrested an Indian pilot. The Pakistani Army also released a video of a man claiming to be an Indian pilot identifying himself as Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. Pakistan Claims to Have Shot Down 2 IAF Aircraft And Arrested 2 Indian Pilots, Releases Video.

The claim came after the Indian Air Force chased away intruding Pakistani fighter jets in Jammu and Kashmir's Nowshera sector with India shooting down a Pakistani F-16 which fell on the Pakistani side. The aircraft fell three kilometres in Pakistani-occupied Kashmir.

The developments came a day after the IAF carried out strikes on a Jaish-e-Mohammed training camp in Balakot, killing "a very large number" of terrorists and their trainers. The IAF strike on the JeM training camp came 12 days after a suicide bomber killed 40 CRPF personnel in the worst terror strike in Jammu and Kashmir since militancy-hit the state in 1989. The attack was claimed by the Pakistan-based JeM.