New Delhi: In view of increasing rate of
accidents involving IAF combat aircraft, Defence Ministry has
decided to set up a committee under a senior bureaucrat to
suggest measures to check these mishaps.
The Defence Ministry will set up the Committee under an
Additional Secretary-level officer to look into the recent air
crashes and suggest measures to check their occurrence in
future, IAF sources said here.
The decision in this regard was taken at a recent meeting
chaired by Defence Minister AK Antony, they said.
IAF has its own Flight Safety Directorate headed by an
Air Marshal-rank officer.
The IAF lost eight combat aircraft in mishaps this year
itself which include its latest Su-30MKI combat aircraft
that crashed in Pune on Tuesday.
The eight crashed aircrafts include one each MiG 29 and
Jaguar and six MiG 21s.
The Ministry has expressed serious concern and is
surprised over the accident involving the SU-30MKI, which is
the latest and the most-advanced aircraft of the IAF.
In last three years, the IAF has lost 30 fighter aircraft
and 10 helicopters in various crashes.
26 defence personnel including 13 pilots have lost their
lives in these crashes along with six civilians on the ground.
In a recent flight-safety review meeting, the IAF had
told the Defence Minister about the steps taken by it to check
the air crashes.
The IAF has also decided to allow only senior pilots to
fly the ageing MiG 21s which have maintenance problems.