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WC Abhinandan-piloted MiG-21 Bison shot down Pak F-16; have electronic evidence: MEA

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

An Bison, piloted by Abhinandan Varthaman, shot down a Air Force fighter and there are eyewitness accounts as well as electronic evidence for it, the said Saturday.

It also said evidence on the use of fighter jets by is there in the form of parts of AMRAAM missile recovered from the site, which is carried only by of the Air Force.

Raveesh Kumar, at a media briefing, said an Bison, piloted by Varthaman, shot down a F-16 fighter and there are eyewitness accounts and electronic evidence for it.

In the aerial combat, had lost the Bison aircraft and its Varthaman was captured by Pakistan.

Pakistan claimed it downed two Indian jets, and rejected IAF's assertion that a F-16 aircraft was shot down by it during the dogfight.

"Only one aircraft was lost by us. If, as Pakistan claims, they have a video recording of the downing of a second Indian aircraft, why have they not shown it to the international media even after more than one week?

"Questions should be asked to them as to where the fuselage of the aircraft is and what has happened to the pilots? As we have already said, there are eyewitness accounts and electronic evidence that Pakistan deployed F-16 aircraft and that one F-16 was shot down by Wing Commander Abhinandan," Kumar said.

He said Pakistan should explain why it continues to deny that its F-16 aircraft has been shot down.

sources had earlier said Varthaman downed a F-16 fighter jet of Pakistan Air Force by firing an R-73 air-to-air missile before his MiG-21 Bison was hit during a fierce dogfight.

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First Published: Sat, March 09 2019. 18:25 IST