An Indian army pilot has died and two others have been injured in the crash of two planes which apparently collided during a drill south of the capital New Delhi, the air force said on Saturday. India (IAF).
The accident, which occurred around 10 a.m. locally (5:30 a.m. in France) according to witnesses, involved a Russian-made Sukhoi Su-30 carrying two pilots and a French-designed Mirage 2000, with a single pilot on board. One of the three succumbed to his injuries, the IAF said in a statement.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is currently working to modernize its aging military equipment, with several army aircraft having been involved in air crashes in recent years.
One of them caused the death in December 2021 of the former chief of the army staff, Bipin Rawat, who was among the 13 victims of the crash of a Russian-made Mi-17 helicopter carrying him. to an airbase.
The two planes which crashed on Saturday had taken off during the morning from the base of Gwalior, in the state of Madhya Pradesh, for a “routine operational flight training mission”, explained the IAF.
One fell in the forests of Pahadgarh, in the center of the state, about 300 km south of New Delhi.
“Two pilots were found near the crash site and were later evacuated by IAF helicopter for treatment,” Ashutosh Bagri, a district police official, told AFP. Morena, stating that their lives are not in danger.
The second aircraft crashed further in the state of Rajasthan and was being inspected by the army, according to images from local rescuers.
In October, five soldiers had already died after their helicopter crashed in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, in the northeast of the country, near the militarized and disputed border with China.
It was the second helicopter accident in October in this state. A few weeks earlier, another helicopter had crashed near the town of Tawang, killing its pilot.