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Three aircrafts, including 2 fighter jets, crashed in India

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Three aircrafts, including 2 fighter jets, crashed in India

Three aircrafts, including 2 fighter jets, crashed in India

A total of three planes, including two fighter jets, have crashed in two states of India in a short span of time.

Two Indian Air Force fighter jets - a Sukhoi Su-30 and a Mirage 2000 - have crashed in Madhya Pradesh during a training exercise, officials said on Saturday.

The Su-30 had two pilots while Mirage 2000 had one pilot, defence sources said. Two pilots are said to be safe after they managed to eject. The two pilots, who are reportedly serious injured, have been moved to a hospital.

Search and rescue operations are underway for the third pilot.

Both the fighter jets had taken off from the Gwalior Air Force base.

Videos from the scene, shot by locals in Morena, showed debris of the aircraft on the ground.

The Air Force has launched a probe to examine if a mid-air collision led to the crash, defence sources told NDTV.

"IAF court of inquiry has been launched to establish whether there was a mid-air collision or not. The Su-30 had two pilots while Mirage 2000 had one pilot during the crash. Initial reports suggest two pilots are safe while an IAF chopper reaching the location of the third pilot soon," sources said.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has been briefed by Indian Air Force chief on the crash of two aircraft, news agency PTI reported.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said in a tweet, "The news of the crash of Sukhoi-30 and Mirage-2000 aircraft of the Air Force near Kolaras in Morena is very sad. I have instructed the local administration to cooperate with the Air Force in quick rescue and relief work. I pray to God that the pilots of the planes are safe.
On the other hand, a chartered plane also crashed in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur. It is not yet known how many passengers were on the plane. Local residents were the first to see the plane crash.

Earlier on July 28 last year, a MiG-21 training aircraft of India’s air force crashed in Rajasthan’s Burma district. Two pilots were killed in that incident.

Moreover, Indian Defense Chief Bipin Rawat died in a helicopter crash in December 2021. Not only Bipin Rawat, his wife, defense assistant, security commando, air force officer, and 12 others lost their lives in that accident.


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