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Sukhoi-30, Mirage 2000 crash in central India, one pilot dies

Eye-witnesses reported seeing a massive ball of fire in the sky. The Sukhoi pilots baled out.

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Morena (MP): A Sukhoi-30 and Mirage 2000 of the IAF crashed in central India early Saturday resulting in the demise of a Wing Commander.

“The aircraft were on routine operational flying training mission… An inquiry has been ordered to determine the cause of the accident. The IAF deeply regrets to inform that Wg Cdr Hanumanth Rao Sarathi suffered fatal injuries during the accident. All air warriors and the fraternity stand strongly with the bereaved family,” the Air Force conveyed via social media.

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Both aircraft are used on the frontlines by the Indian Air Force. 

The fighter planes had taken off from Gwalior Airbase and shortly thereafter the Mirage went down near Manpur village in this district’s Pahargarh area while the Sukhoi’s debris lay within a forest in Uchchain Police Station limits of Rajasthan’s Bharatpur district.

Search teams – with the assistance of administrative and law-enforcement officials – found two of three pilots in injured condition and they were airlifted. Eye-witnesses reported seeing a massive ball of fire in the sky. The Sukhoi pilots baled out.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said in a tweet, “The news of the crash of Sukhoi-30 and Mirage-2000 aircraft of the Air Force near Kolaras in Morena is very sad. I have instructed the local administration to cooperate with the Air Force in quick rescue and relief work. I pray to God that the pilots of the planes are safe.”

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