[Video] Syrian Mig-21 leaks fuel, catches fire

Syrian Fishbed emergency caught on video

Filmed at Daraa, in southwestern Syria, the following video shows a Syrian Arab Air Force Mig-21 Fishbed seemingly leaking fuel before fire developed.

It’s not clear whether the aircraft sustained battle damage to its starboard wing or the leak was caused by something else. The video does not even show if the pilot was forced to eject (most probably he had to abandon the Mig-21 considered that a huge fire is clearly visible at the end of the footage leaving little room to any other option).

H/T to Matt Fanning for sending the link over.


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