IAF’s Sukhoi-30, Mirage 2000 aircraft crash in Madhya Pradesh; one pilot killed | India News

NEW DELHI: Two Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter planes – Sukhoi-30 and Mirage 2000 – crashed in Madhya Pradesh’s Morena district following an accident during a routine training mission on Saturday morning.
According to IAF officials, the two pilots of the Sukhoi-30MKI aircraft ejected safely while the pilot of the Mirage-2000 lost his life.
“The two aircraft involved in the accident were on a routine operational flying training mission. One of the three pilots involved sustained fatal injuries. An inquiry has been ordered to determine the cause of the accident,” the IAF said.

An IAF court of inquiry will establish whether it was a mid-air collision.
Morena district collector Ankit Asthana said debris of both aircraft fell in the Pahargarh area of ​​the district. Some debris also fell in the Bharatpur area in Rajasthan, which borders Madhya Pradesh, he added.
According to defense ministry sources, “Union defense minister Rajnath Singh was briefed by the Chief of Air Staff regarding the crash. He inquired about the well being of the IAF pilots and is monitoring the developments closely.”

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 co-operate with the Air Force in quick rescue and relief work. I pray to God that the pilots of the planes are safe.”

Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath also took to Twitter to express his concern. “Sad news has been received about the crash of Sukhoi-30 and Mirage-2000 aircraft of the Air Force near Kolaras in Morena,” the state Congress head tweeted.

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