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Indian Su-30MKI fighter jet crashed during a test flight

The Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jet of India’s air force crashed in Maharashtra on 27 June 2018.

According to local media, Su-30MKI in an open farm field near Pimpalgaon Baswant town in Nashik, Maharashtra on Wednesday.

The IAF jet Sukhoi Su-30MKI was carrying only two pilots when it crashed in Wavi-Tushi village around 11 am on Wednesday, and both the pilots ejected on time and are safe, police said. They have been rushed for medical care.


The cause of the crash is speculated to be a technical failure in the aircraft, although it can only be confirmed after primary investigations. A team has been sent to the scene to look into the incident.

At least eight Sukhoi-30MKIs have crashed since they were inducted. The IAF has inducted around 240 of the 272 Sukhoi-30MKIs contracted from Russia for $12 billion, the bulk of them produced by HAL under licence.

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