New Delhi: During the last 5 financial years (2012-13 to 2016-17) and the current year (up to 18 July), 29 fighter aircraft including 5 Sukhoi-30 and 3 trainer aircraft have crashed. Technical defects and human error were the main causes of the accidents.
Every aircraft accident in the IAF is investigated by a court of inquiry to ascertain the cause of the accident and the recommendations of the completed inquiries are implemented.
The authority claims to be taking various preventive measures, including invigoration of Aviation Safety Organisation, streamlining of accident or incident reporting procedure, analytical studies and quality audits of the aircraft fleets to identify vulnerable areas to avoid aircraft accidents. Accident prevention programmes add thrust to the identification of risk-prone and hazardous areas specific to the aircraft fleets and operational environment, to ensure safe practices and procedures.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Om Birla and other MPs in Lok Sabha today.