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Indian Air Force lost 46 fighters in 7 years

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Aug 25, IRNA -- Indian Air Force (IAF) has in all lost 46 fighter aircraft in little less than seven years since 2005, government said today.

'During 2008 to August 17, 2011, a total of 26 fighter planes of IAF had crashed. During the preceding three-year period of 2005 to 2008, 20 IAF fighter planes had crashed,' Defence Minister A K Antony told the Parliament.

Replying to a question on crashes involving fighter planes, the Minister said, 'The makes of these fighter planes were MiGs, Su-30 MKI and Jaguar. Six pilots were killed in these crashes.'
During this period, a maximum number of fighter jets crashed in 2009-10, when IAF lost a total of 10 planes, while two crashes have been reported this year till August, pti reported. On the strategy adopted by government to overcome these accidents, Antony said that every IAF aircraft accident is thoroughly investigated by a Court of Inquiry (CoI) to ascertain its causes and remedial measures are taken accordingly to check their recurrences in future.

'IAF has taken serious measures to invigorate aviation safety organization, streamlining of accident and incident reporting procedure, analytical studies and quality audits of aircraft fleets to identify vulnerable areas and institute remedial measures to reduce aircraft accidents,' he said.

He also told the House on steps taken by government to address issues related to flight safety and improved training of IAF pilots.

'Ornithology cells, which carries out bird surveys at flying bases and suggest bird prevention modules, has been established at the Directorate of Flight Safety. All flying bases have been visited by aviation safety personnel to apprise and caution them on causes of accidents and to get their views,' Antony said.

Steps have been taken by government to train pilots to prevent accidents due to human error, Antony said.

'These include increased use of simulators to practice procedures and emergency action, focused and realistic training with additional emphasis on critical aspect of mission,' he said.

Courses like Crew Resources Management, Operational Risk Management to enable safe mission launches, Aviation Psychology Course and Aerospace safety capsules in training of aircrew have also been introduced to check cases of fighter accidents and crashes.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30534149

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