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BrahMos missile that landed in Pakistan claims jobs of 3 IAF officers

Three Indian Air Force (IAF) officers lost their today because of their miscalculation that led to a BrahMos missile landing in Pakistan in March. The IAF terminated the of a group captain and two wing commanders with immediate effect today.

A BrahMos missile was accidentally fired on 9 March. A Court of Inquiry (Col), set up to establish the facts of the case, including fixing responsibility for the incident, found that deviation from the standard operating procedure by three officers led to the accidental firing of the missile. These three officers were primarily held responsible for the incident.

The BrahMos missile got accidentally fired from an airbase. It landed in a place called Mian Channu in Pakistan, the government of which raised an objection to the incident. But much before anybody objected, India had initiated an investigation into the misfire.

Defence Minister on 15 March said that a high-level probe had been ordered into the incident that involved the accidental launch of a missile into Pakistani territory.

Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, the defence minister said, "A missile was unfortunately accidentally launched on March 9. The incident occurred during a routine inspection. We later came to know that it had landed in Pakistan. I would like to inform the House that the government has taken serious note of the incident. A formal high-level inquiry has been ordered. The inquiry would determine the exact cause of the said accident,” he said. “Thankfully, no damage was reported due to the accidental launch of the missile," he assured.

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