Pilot killed in first IAF Sukhoi crash, checks ordered on fleet
- CBI arrests Peter Mukerjea, says he was aware of Sheena Bora murder
- Pay panel suggests 23.55% hike, minimum pay of Rs 18,000 per month
- Paris attacks 'mastermind' Abdelhamid Abaaoud died in Saint-Denis raid
- HS Phoolka releases video of Rajiv Gandhi's speech justifying 1984 riots
- Rahul accuses PM, dares govt to take action on citizenship row
An Indian Air Force pilot was killed and another injured in the first crash of an Su-30 MKI near Pokharan today, prompting the IAF to temporarily ground its most advanced fighter.
The twin-seater warjet from the Pune-based
30 Squadron crashed while returning from a routine training exercise over the Pokharan firing ranges. The IAF has ordered a court of inquiry but preliminary reports suggested the alarming possibility of a structural fault leading to the crash.
Sources said the fighter was part of a four-aircraft formation, flying at over 20,000 feet when it started "oscillating violently" and went into an "uncontrollable spin", suggesting that it had suffered some sort of structural damage.
Both pilots, Wing Commanders S V Munje and P S Nara, ejected but Nara was found
dead on the ground, apparently hit by debris while ejecting.
Nara was attached to the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection (DASI) and was flying as an inspector. Sources said the squadron was undergoing its annual DASI inspection that rates its performance. Following the crash, the other fighters were temporarily grounded as a precautionary measure. The IAF will carry out detailed inspection of all fighters to rule out any fault.
- What Mr Mani Shankar Aiyar won’t say
- Results of local elections indicate that the BSP is regaining ground in UP
- The idea of Bihar: Social justice cohesion should be consolidated further
- Why the British commemorate Tipu Sultan
- Why my newspaper responded to Assam Rifles notice
- India is indebted to Shanti Bhushan for undoing Indira Gandhi’s 42nd Amendment