Thursday, December 3, 2009

IAF Su-30MKI jet crashes near Jaisalmer; pilots safe

An Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter plane crashed near Jaisalmer on Monday, but both the pilots were safe. The Sukhoi crashed near Jathegaon, about 40 km from Jaisalmer. The pilots ejected to safety. Air crashes have been bogging down the IAF, with Defence Minister A.K. Antony recently informing Rajya Sabha last week that 12 aircraft, including seven fighters, had been lost this year.

The fighters included the frontline Su-30MKI, which crashed over Jaisalmer in April killing one of the pilots. The others were three Russian-built MiG-27s and MiG-21s each. The crashed trainer aircraft included the HPT-32 and Kiran Mk II. A transport aircraft was also lost over Assam.

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