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Indian Air Force Su-30MKI crashes during test flight

Sukhoi 30MKI of Indian Air Force (Alan Wilson/Wikimedia Commons)
June 27, 2018

 

On Wednesday a Sukhoi Su-30MKI crashed near Nasik. The aircraft was a brand new one and conducting its test flights. The pilots ejected safely.

The aircraft, which was conducting its test flights, suffered some technical malfunctions. Both pilots ejected near Wavi-Thushi village around 11 A.M. An inquiry has also been ordered to look into the incident and to ascertain the cause of the crash.

Indian Air Force operates nearly 240 Sukhois and 30 more are on order. HAL is producing them in India under production license from Irkut. So far, eight Su-30MKI have crashed since its induction. Just last year, two pilots were killed when they failed to eject.