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TS-11 Iskra Trainer

The Polish Iskra ("Spark") aircraft inducted into the IAF in 1975 had been operating without any location aid and survival items. During last 10 years Iskra had a total of eight accidents, of which, five were serious. The accident rate during 1996 was 2.62. The requirement of fitment of rear view mirror was considered essential during close low level tactical sorties of cadets. However, the aircraft continue to fly without any location aid and survival items.

The Iskra was officially phased out on on December 16, 2004. Several aircraft were earmarked for preservation at the IAF Museum.



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