More visuals have been accessed:
(In the above visual, parts of the plane's body are clearly visible. The photo was taken at 14:58, as per the time-stamp)
(A close-up version of the same picture)
Visuals of the crash-site have been accessed:
(Copious amounts of smoke can be seen billowing from the crash-site)
(The plane's canopy which comes off during an ejection appears to have landed among a row of houses)
(Fire-brigade, Police and other authorities at the crash site)
The Defence Spokesperson's Twitter handle has issued the same statement, adding "Initial inputs suggest a bird hit":
IAF statement on the MiG-21 crash:
"Today afternoon a MiG-21 aircraft on a routine mission crashed after getting airborne from Nal near Bikaner. Pilot of the aircraft ejected safely. A CoI (Court of Inquiry) will investigate the cause of the accident."
A MiG-21 has crashed near Rajasthan's Bikaner.
The pilot managed to eject safely, as per the Bikaner SP. The crash took place near Bikaner's Shoba Ki Dhani area.
This is a developing story. More details are awaited.