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22 MiG's crashed, 3 casualties in last three years: Antony

Defence Minister A K Antony on Wednesday said that 22 MiG series fighter aircraft of Indian Air Force (IAF) have crashed, causing three casualties in the last three years.

india Updated: Jul 08, 2009 19:44 IST

Defence Minister A K Antony on Wednesday said that 22 MiG series fighter aircraft of Indian Air Force (IAF) have crashed, causing three casualties in the last three years.

"A total of 22 MiG aircraft of the IAF have crashed from April 1, 2006 till date and there were three causalities in these crashes," Antony said while replying to a query in Rajya Sabha.

Replying to another query on accidents in the last one year, he said, "There have been 10 crashes involving fighter aircraft in last one year from June 29, 2008 to June 28 this year."

The Defence Minister said that each and every accident in the IAF was investigated by a Court of Inquiry (CoI) and efforts are always underway to upgrade flight safety in the Air Force.

"Constant interaction with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), both indigenous and foreign, is also maintained to overcome technical defects of the aircraft. In addition, anti-bird measures are also undertaken," the Defence Minister said.