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Crashes of Fighter Aircraft

Crashes of Fighter Aircraft
During the last three years and the current year (upto 20.07.2015)atotal of 20 fighter aircraft  (03 Sukhoi, 12  MiG  and  05 Jaguar) of the Indian Air Force (IAF) have crashed as per the details below:

Year No. of fighter aircraft crashed
  Sukhoi MiG Jaguar Total
2012-13 01 02 01 04
2013-14 05 01 06
2014-15 01 04 02 07
2015-16(upto 20.07.2015) 01 01 01 03

The main reasons for the crashes were Technical Defect and Human Error. .02 IAF personnel were killed and 02 civilian injured in these accidents.  The loss to the Government, in terms of value of aircraft and service property, in respect of 12 accidents assessed so far is estimated at Rs.386 crore and loss to civilian property is Rs.4,43,800/-.Ex-gratia amount paid as compensation to the victims, accident-wise is as under:

Date of accident Aircraft crashed IAF Personnel killed Civilian injured Amount paid(in Rs.)
12.02.2013 MiG-27 01 5,000
15.07.2013 MiG-21 01 10,00,000
27.05.2014 MiG-21 01 10,00,000

Every IAF aircraft accident / incident is thoroughly investigated by a Court of Inquiry (CoI) to ascertain the cause of accident and the recommendations of the completed Court of Inquiry are implemented.  Various preventive measures like invigoration of Aviation Safety Organization, streamlining of accident reporting procedure, analytical studies and quality audits of the aircraft fleets to identify vulnerable areas have been taken to reduce aircraft accidents.  Accident prevention programmes have also been given an added thrust to identify risk prone / hazardous areas specific to the aircraft fleets and operational environment to ensure safe practice / procedures.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to ShriKalikesh  N. Singh Deo in Lok Sabha