Already Short Of Planes, Indian Air Force Suffered 11 Major Fighter Jet Accidents Last Year

Officials gather around the remains of an Indian Air Force Mig 27 fighter jet that crashed into a residential building in Jodhpur in India’s western Rajasthan state on June 13, 2016.
The aircraft was being taken on a training flight and crashed next to an Indian Air Force base, officials said, adding that the pilot ejected safely. / AFP PHOTO / –

Despite a sanctioned strength of 42 squadrons, the Indian Air Force is grappling with a shortfall of fighter jets and is making do with just 33. If that wasn’t a bad news, there has been an increase in the number of accidents in the last financial year.

In 2016-17, there were 11 accidents involving fighter jets. What’s worse is that there was an increase in the number over the previous year. In 2015-16 there were 8 accidents without any loss of life. Shockingly, there were 33 deaths this year. The information was provided by Minister of State for Defence Dr Subhash Bhamre in the parliament.

In March a Su-30 Mki air-superiority fighter was lost and the same day a Chetak helicopter crashed and toppled. In February, a C-130 transport plane was damaged in Ladakh. In October last year, a Mi-17 crashed after take off near Badrinath. In the same month, a Jaguar trainer was lost. Read more


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