The Indian Air Force (IAF) has reported the crash of a Sukhoi 30 MKI aircraft south-west of Pokhran at around 1730 hrs on Monday.
This is the second crash of the aircraft in this year and also since it entered service in the IAF. The earlier crash had taken place in the region around Jodhpur on April 30th this year, in which one life was lost. This also brings the number of crashes in the IAF to 13 this year.
The pilot, Wing Commander Srivastava, and the weapons systems operator, Flight Lieutenant Arora, ejected safely with no reported damage to civilian life or property. The aircraft took off from Jodhpur and was on a routine flying training sortie. An IAF statement says a Court of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of the crash.
The earlier crash had resulted in the death of Wing Commander PS Nara, an inspector from the Directorate of Air Safety Inspections (DASI), who was in the rear seat. The aircraft was piloted by Wing Commander SV Munje.