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Monday, December 4, 2023

Indian Defence Aircraft Mishaps: Safety concerns Arise as Crashes


Jaipur: An Indian Air Force MiG-21 crashed in Rajasthan’s Hamumangarh district on Monday, but fortunately, the pilot survived. The aircraft had taken off from Suratgarh and was on a routine mission when the mishap occurred. The army’s helicopter promptly arrived at the scene for rescue operations.

This is not the first incident involving aircraft crashes in India.In the past few months, there have been several incidents of military helicopter crashes in India. In January, two Indian Air Force fighter jets crashed during a training exercise in Rajasthan, resulting in the loss of a pilot’s life. In April, a Coast Guard helicopter crashed during trials in Kochi. Last week, an Indian Army chopper crashed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district. In October of last year, there were two separate incidents of army chopper crashes in Arunachal Pradesh, one of which resulted in the death of an Indian Army pilot.

Another tragic accident occurred when five defence personnel lost their lives when the Indian Army Aviation Advance Light Helicopter crashed near Siang village in the Upper Siang district.

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident as the Defence Ministry reported in July last year that two pilots in a twin-seater Mig-21 trainer aircraft died after it crashed near Barmer district in Rajasthan. The series of incidents raises concerns about the safety and reliability of aircraft in the Indian defence forces.


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