On April 26, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) lost a Mig-21 fighter jet in a take-off accident, according to several Syrian sources.
The Mig-21 reportedly crashed right after taking-off from the Hama Air Base in central Syria. The fighter jet was on its way to a training mission. The pilot survived.
Luftwaffe AS, a Syrian aviation blog, shared a photo allegedly showing the wreckage of the Mig-21 that was lost in the accident. However, the blog said the accident is not confirmed and that the photo could be from an unspecified, older accident.
Can’t assure how plausible is this, but this upside down MiG-21 looks Syrian. It’s said it skids Hama AB’s runway during a training sortie…what makes it strange is that it’s dtd 2020.
Hope @obretix can help geolocating it. pic.twitter.com/PJk4gBjCq5
— LuftwaffeAS (@LuftwaffeAS) May 2, 2020
The SyAAF used to operate dozens of Mig-21 fighter jets, some were modernized. In the course of the war, some were shot down or seized by rebels. Many others were placed out of service as a result of technical issues.
The few Mig-21 remaining in service with the SyAAF are mainly used for advanced training. They also provide close air support for army troops when necessary.
If these reports are confirmed, this would be the second such accident this year. Last March, a Syrian Mig-29SM crashed a few minutes after taking-off from the Sheirat Air Base in Homs as a result of a technical failure.