An IAF Sukhoi Su-30MKI crashed in Barmer today. Both pilots ejected to safety.
Media had earlier mistook the fighter for a MiG-21, an ageing fighter jet still in service with the Indian Air Force.
The aircraft was on a regular sortie when it crashed in Shivkar Kudla village in Bramer.
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Reports say that three people were injured and have been taken to the hospital. A court of inquiry has been ordered into the incident.
This is the 11th major crash of a fighter jet since January 2014 and the seventh since 2015 and also the seventh involving a Sukhoi Su-30MKI.
Just hours before the crash of the Sukhoi fighter, an IAF Chetak helicopter toppled at Bamrauli near Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh.
The pilots escaped safely. Reports say that the pilots were forced to land after the helicopter developed a technical snag.
Allahabad: Chetak helipcopter toppled during training sortie in Bamrauli, due to technical glitch;both pilots safe; Court of Inquiry ordered pic.twitter.com/58vyHSIyKH
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The Chetak helicopters are among an ageing fleet of choppers in service with the IAF and the Indian Army.
The IAF has 240 Sukhoi Su-30MKIs in its fleet. The multirole fighter aircraft forms the backbone of the Indian Air Force.
Su-30MKI is one of the most formidable fighter jets in the world. The twin-seater is India’s only air superiority fighter, which means that the fighter can dominate skies deep inside enemy territory.
Recently, the IAF had modified a Sukhoi to enable it to carry BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. The success of the test made IAF the only air force in the world to have a cruise missile in its arsenal.