外文标题：IAF has lost 30 aircraft in last three years, Parrikar tells Parliament
NEW DELHI: The IAF has lost 30 fighters, aircraft and helicopters in crashes in the last three years, which has killed several persons as well as cost the nation Rs 1,161.50 crore.
"Every accident/incident is thoroughly investigated by a court of inquiry to ascertain the cause and the recommendations are implemented. The main reasons for these accidents were human error and technical defects," said defence minister Manohar Parrikar, in a written reply to Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.
Listing out the crashes, Parrikar said the maximum number of crashes had taken place in 2011-12 when 13 aircraft were lost. The figures for 2012-13 and 2013-14, in turn, stand at six each. Five crashes have taken place in the ongoing fiscal till now. "Apart from these crashes, two Mi-17 helicopters of IAF were destroyed during relief operations in 2011-2012 and 2013-14," he added.
India should send IAF pilot to Israel for training as Israel pilots are the best trained in the world -- ask any Arab country.
b culas (Tiruchendur India)
We dont have to go to war to lose our aircraft. We have the technology to self destruct
Mahesh R (Telangana)
As expected the loss is attributed to human error and technical faults. But nothing is said about the age of aircraft and their maintenance. Such old aircraft are bound to be lost on any day. At least now corrective measures should be taken to save the precious defense personnel lives.
GreaterBharat (India) replies to Mahesh R
Even Sukhoi-30MKI crashed...was that old..?
Brown American (USA)
Putin is on its way to sell some more of Russian Planes. If India can not afford French or Euro or USA fighters, they should consider buying Chinese-Pakistani Stealth Aircraft.