IAF Sukhoi fighter crashes near Barmer

Mar 16, 2017, 00:13
IAF Sukhoi fighter crashes near Barmer

"A Su-30 aircraft of the IAF crashed near the Utarlai airbase of Barmer in Rajasthan on Wednesday afternoon while on a routine sortie". The incident occurred near Shivkar village in the Sadar police station area, police said.

This is the 11th major crash of a fighter jet since January 2014 and the seventh since 2015 and also the seventh involving a Sukhoi Su-30MKI.

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Three villagers received injuries in the incident and have been admitted in the district hospital. "Both the pilots ejected safely", said an Indian Air Force officer. The local police have reached at the spot.

One Narayan Ram, his daughter in law and minor grandson were injured in the crash.

The vintage aircraft, recently gone under upgrade crashed in Shivkar Kudla village of Barmer in Rajasthan.

The air force has ordered an inquiry into the crash.

However, the two pilots were confirmed safe after they made an emergency landing. "It was further found that in most of the cases of accidents, the reason was established to be material failure, technical defect or human error", said a report of the parliamentary committee on defense. "Both the pilots ejected safely", Defence spokesperson Lt Col Manish Ojha told PTI.

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