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India looses 54 defence aircraft in last three years

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Dec 10, IRNA -- Fifty-four defence aircraft, including combat planes and helicopters, have been lost in crashes in the last three years in which 66 defence personnel and six civilians were killed, Defence Minister A K Antony said today.

In 2009-10, 16 aircraft were lost in crashes, 17 of them were lost in 2010-11, 15 aircraft crashed in 2011-12 while six of them have been lost so far in 2012-13, he said in written reply to a Lok Sabha query.

The aircraft lost in the crashes include two Su-30 MKIs, 11 MiG 21s, two Mirage 2000, 10 Cheetah/Chetak choppers along with Mi-17, MiG 27 and Jaguar aircraft.

'In the above accidents, a total of 66 defence personnel and six civilians have lost their lives,' Antony said.

He said all the crashes are probed by Court of Inquiries (CoIs) and their recommendations and findings are implemented by the authorities.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 1033687

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