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Published: Thu, March 16, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Technical snags bring IAF chopper, Sukhoi fighter down in separate incidents

Technical snags bring IAF chopper, Sukhoi fighter down in separate incidents

An Indian Air Force fighter plane, Sukhoi-30MKI crashed in Shivkar Kudla village in Barmer district of Rajasthan on March 15. There has been no casualty in the unfortunate incident, however, it being reported that three of the civilians have sustained injuries, who have been rushed to the hospital for further treatment.

Both the pilots managed to escape unhurt from the aircraft. The area has been cordoned off by the police. The local police have reached at the spot.

A MiG-21 aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed near Barmer in Rajasthan in September previous year. The multirole fighter aircraft forms the backbone of the Indian Air Force.

The Sukhoi plane was on a routine sortie when it crashed.

"Villagers told us that the pilot ejected shortly before the crash". The fuselage of the aircraft landed on the hut of Narayan Ram, injuring him, his daughter-in-law Dalli and grandson Hanuman.

The incident comes on the day a Chetak helicopter toppled in Allahabad.

Last May, defence minister Manohar Parrikar said since April 1, 2014, the twin-engine Sukhois have been forced to land on a single engine on 34 occasions after facing engine problems mid-air.

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