IAF Aircraft Crashes Near Nashik; Both Pilots Survive

A Sukhoi aircraft, awaiting induction in the Indian Air Force, crashed near Nashik on the morning of 27 June.

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A Sukhoi aircraft, awaiting induction in the Indian Air Force, crashed near Nashik, Maharashtra, on the morning of 27 June, police said.

There were no casualties and both the pilots ejected safely before the plane hit the ground.

The under-production Sukhoi Su-30MKI twinjet multirole air superiority fighter of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) crashed in a farm at Wavi-Thushi village near Pimpalgaon Baswant town, around 25 km from Nashik, police said.

The aircraft crashed at 11.05 am and the Pimpalgaon police station received information about the crash at 11.15 am, a police official said.

The aircraft, developed by Russia's Sukhoi and built under licence by HAL, had taken off from the HAL airstrip near Nashik, police said.

A Sukhoi Su-30MKI that crashed near Nashik was an under-production aircraft of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). Both pilots ejected safely.
Statement from PRO, Defence (Mumbai) to ANI

A top official involved with the aircraft production, told PTI that the Sukhoi, which crashed on 27 June, was the first of the batch produced at the Aircraft Manufacturing Division at HAL Nashik in 2018.

“Normally, around 12 aircraft are manufactured for a new squadron and each aircraft, worth over Rs 300 crore, has a manufacturing cycle of around three years,” the official said.

“This particular aircraft had completed several flights and was about to be inducted into the IAF,” he said.

Before induction, aircraft are flown by either HAL pilots or IAF pilots under deputation with HAL, he said.

When asked about villagers seeing three parachutes in the sky, the official said the illusion of the third parachute may be due to the canopy opening first before both the pilots ejected to safety.

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