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Seven IAF aircraft crashed in last two years: Defence Ministry

In a written reply to Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt said the figure includes the Mirage 2000 which crashed recently in Madhya Pradesh.

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New Delhi: Seven aircraft of Indian Air Force(IAF) have crashed during the last two years, Defence Ministry informed the Lok Sabha on Friday.

In a written reply to Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt said the figure includes the Mirage 2000 which crashed recently in Madhya Pradesh.

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“Every aircraft accident in the IAF is investigated by Court of Inquiry (Col) to ascertain the cause of the accident and the recommendations of the completed Court of Inquiry are implemented. Only after the completion of the Court of Inquiry, the quantum of loss is finalised,” the minister said.

He added that the steps taken by the Government to avoid such incidents in the future include invigoration of the Aerospace Safety Organisation, maintaining a database of accidents and incidents, improving training methodology, increased use of simulators, and enhanced bird hazard management.

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