New Delhi: Eight MiG-21 fighter aircraft have
crashed during a three-year period till August, government
said on Wednesday.
"A MiG-21 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF)
recently crashed at Nal airfield, Rajasthan on August 2, 2011,
in which the pilot was killed. No civilian was killed or
injured in the accident," Defence Minister A K Antony told the
Rajya Sabha in reply to a question.
In 2009-10, IAF lost four MiG-21 fighter aircraft while
three of them crashed during 2010-11.
"Every IAF aircraft accident is thoroughly investigated by
a Court of Inquiry (CoI) to ascertain the cause of accident
and remedial measures are taken accordingly to check their
recurrence in future," he said.
IAF has taken serious measures relating to invigoration of
aviation safety organisation, streamlining of accident or
incident reporting procedure, analytical studies and quality
audits of the aircraft fleets to identify vulnerable areas and
institute remedial measures to reduce aircraft accidents,
An ornithology cell for bird surveys at the flying bases
and bird prevention module has been established at the
Directorate of Aerospace Safety and all flying bases were
visited by senior aviation safety officials to apprise and
caution the operating units on causes of crashes, he said.
He said that steps like increased use of simulators to
practice procedures and emergency actions, including
Operational Risk Management to enable safe mission launches
and Aerospace Safety Capsules have been introduced in the
training module of the air crew.