One pilot had been missing when Indian Air Force fighter jets encountered Pakistan fighter jets before successfully sending them back and thwarting their attempts of air invasion in India on Wednesday.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MeA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “In the aerial engagement, one Pakistan Air Force aircraft was shot down by a MiG 21 Bison by the Indian Air Force. The Pakistani aircraft was seen by our forces as falling in the Pakistan side.”
Kumar added, “We have lost one MiG 21, the pilot is missing in action. Pakistan has claimed he is in custody, we are verifying their claims.”
Pakistan had sent twelve aircrafts – four Mirages, four F-16s and four JF-17 fighter jets.
Meanwhile, Pakistan military spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor had said Indian force entered the Pakistan airspace before the Jaish camp attack in Balakot on February 26.
Pakistan claims two IAF pilots in their custody with one of them at the hospital.