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India: 42 personnel lost in 45 air crashes in 5 years

India lost her first Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat in December last year in a chopper crash in Tamil Nadu. 

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New Delhi: The country has lost 42 personnel in 45 air crashes, involving the three Services — Army, Air Force and Navy — in the last five years, the government informed in Rajya Sabha on Monday.

The IAF has lost 34 personnel in 29 accidents, the Army lost seven personnel in 12 accidents and the navy lost one in 4 accidents involving either an aircraft or chopper, the data was provided by Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt.

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Rajya Sabha MP Jose K Mani sought to know the details regarding aircraft accidents in Indian Armed Forces in the last five years.

The Minister further said that every accident in the armed forces is investigated by the Board of Inquiry/ Court of Inquiry and the recommendation are followed up in letter and spirit and implemented immediately to prevent recurrence.

India lost her first Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat in December last year in a chopper crash in Tamil Nadu. 

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