Posted by- Neelam Mathews
Monday, December 9, 2013
During the last three years and current year, 35 aircraft/helicopters including 3 MiG-29 aircraft of Indian Air Force have crashed as below:
2010-2011 - 12
2011-2012 - 13 (01 MiG-29)
2012-2013 - 06
2013-2014 - 04 (02 MiG-29s)
In the above accidents, apart from loss of aircraft, 28 Defense Personnel and 5 civilians have lost their lives.
Every accident/incident is followed by Court of Inquiry and the recommendations of all the completed Court of Inquiry have been implemented. Armed Forces have taken various preventive measures like invigoration of Aviation Safety Organization, streamlining of accident/incident reporting procedure, analytical studies and quality audits of the aircraft fleets to identify vulnerable areas to reduce aircraft accidents. Also, accident prevention programmes have been given an added thrust to identify risk prone/hazardous areas specific to the aircraft fleets and operational environment to ensure safe practices/procedures.
This information was given by Defense Minister AK Antony in a written reply to Anandrao Adsul and others in Lok Sabha today.