IAF Fighter Plane Crash: In a tragic incident, two Indian Air Force (IAF) jets, a Sukhoi-30 and a Mirage-2000 crashed near the city of Morena in Madhya Pradesh on Saturday. The aircraft was on a routine training mission when they collided mid-air.
1 Pilot Dead and 2 Pilot Safe
According to initial reports, A pilot was killed after two Indian Air Force fighter jets – a Sukhoi Su-30 and a Mirage 2000 – crashed during a training exercise earlier today, officials said on Saturday. While one aircraft crashed in Morena in Madhya Pradesh, the other is believed to have gone down 100 km away in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur.
Two fighter aircraft of IAF were involved in an accident near Gwalior today morning. The aircraft were on routine operational flying training mission.— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) January 28, 2023
One of the three pilots involved, sustained fatal injuries. An inquiry has been ordered to determine the cause of the accident.
According to defence sources, the Su-30 had two pilots and the Mirage 2000 had one. Two pilots are claimed to be safe after successfully ejecting. The two pilots, who have apparently suffered significant injuries, have been taken to a hospital.
Both fighter planes took off from the Gwalior Air Force facility.
Locals in Morena filmed videos of the situation, which revealed aeroplane debris on the ground.
According to defence officials, the Air Force has initiated an investigation to determine if a mid-air collision caused the disaster.
“An IAF court of inquiry has been established to determine whether or not there was a mid-air collision. During the crash, the Su-30 had two pilots and the Mirage 2000 had one. According to preliminary reports, two pilots are safe, and an IAF chopper is on its way to the third pilot’s position “According to sources.
The Indian Air Force commander informed Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on the accident of two planes, according to news agency PTI.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, stated in a tweet, “The news of the crash of the Air Force’s Sukhoi-30 and Mirage-2000 aircraft near Kolaras in Morena is heartbreaking. I have directed the local government to assist with the Air Force to expedite rescue and relief efforts. I pray to God that the planes’ pilots are safe.”
The incident sparked an investigation by the IAF to determine the cause of the collision. A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate the circumstances leading to the accident.
The Sukhoi Su-30 is a twin-engine, two-seat supermaneuverable fighter aircraft developed by Russia’s Sukhoi Aviation Corporation. The Mirage 2000 is a single-engine fourth-generation jet fighter manufactured by French company Dassault Aviation. Both aircraft are considered to be among the most advanced in the IAF’s fleet.
The loss of these aircraft is a major setback for the IAF, and the incident has sent shockwaves throughout the Indian defense establishment. The IAF has expressed its condolences to the families of the pilots and has assured that all necessary support will be provided to them.
It is important to note that fighter jets crashes are not common events, and the cause of the accident is yet to be determined. The IAF will conduct a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the accident and take necessary measures to prevent such incidents from happening in the future.
This incident serves as a reminder of the risks and sacrifices that the men and women of the Indian armed forces make on a daily basis to safeguard the nation. The nation expresses its gratitude for the bravery of the pilots and the entire Indian Airforce.