A pilot of Indian Air Force (IAF) was killed after his MiG-21 Bison aircraft was involved in a “fatal accident” on Wednesday morning, said the Indian Air Force.

The accident took place when the aircraft was taking off for a combat training mission at an airbase in central India.

“A MiG-21 Bison aircraft of IAF was involved in a fatal accident this morning, while taking off for a combat training mission at an airbase in central India. The IAF lost Group Captain A Gupta in the tragic accident. IAF expresses deep condolences and stands firmly with the family members,” the Indian Air Force said.

A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to determine the cause of the accident, the IAF said.