Srinagar, June 27, 2019 (PPI-OT): Indian Minister of State for Defence, Shripad Naik has said that the Indian Air Force lost 27 aircraft, including 15 fighter jets and helicopters, in crashes since 2016. Shripad Naik in a written reply in Lok Sabha, the lowe house of the Indian Parliament, said that the quantum of provisional loss in 11 cases of crashes was approximately Rs 524.64 crore. In the 2016-17 fiscal, six IAF fighter jets, two helicopters, one transport aircraft and one trainer crashed. In 2017-18, the air force lost two fighter jets and one trainer aircraft in crashes.
The number rose sharply in 2018-19 with the IAF losing seven fighter jets, two helicopters and two trainers. These included the MiG-21 fighter jet which was being piloted by Wing Commander, Abhinandan Varthaman, and was shot down by Pakistan Air Force during a fight on February 27, this year. On the same day, an Mi-17 helicopter also crashed killing six air force personnel. An AN-32 transport aircraft crashed in Arunachal Pradesh, killing 13 air force personnel earlier this month.
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