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IAF mulling changes in pilot training modules

delhi Updated: Nov 06, 2011 19:34 IST

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Concerned over six crashes involving its planes this year, IAF is planning to change its pilot training modules and other aspects of flying, defence ministry officials have said.

Defence minister AK Antony will review the changes to the pilot training programme and other related issues at a meeting of the top air force brass and ministry officials next week.

During the meeting, the minister will be given a detailed account of the recent crashes involving IAF planes and the measures taken by the force to check such accidents in future, the officials told PTI.

Of the six air crashes involving IAF planes this year, four belonged to the MiG-21 fighter aircraft series. Most of the crashes had taken place between August and October.

According to the officials, a total 976 MiG-21 planes had been inducted into the service since 1960s and over half of them were lost in accidents.

A MiG-29 fighter plane had recently crashed in the Lahaul Valley in Himachal Pradesh while it was on a routine night-flying training sortie.

While the wreckage of the plane was found by an IAF search team after a nine-day exercise, the remains of the pilot Squadron Leader Dharmendra Singh Tomar were traced on Saturday.

IAF chief Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne while talking to reporters on the occasion of Air Force Day parade last month had said that most of the accidents had taken place due to inexperience of the pilots who were unable to control the aircraft during take offs and landings.

Stressing upon the need for a basic trainer aircraft to train young pilots, he had said various steps were being taken, including devoting greater number of hours to simulator flying, to bring down pilot casualty in the force.