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IAF trainer flight crashes in Andhra Pradesh

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Jul 31, 2009 at 02:28pm IST

New Delhi: An Indian Air Force (IAF) plane crashed in Medak, Andhra Pradesh on Friday morning.

The plane was a HPT-32 trainer aircraft and had two IAF pilots on board.

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Nitin Jain and Chaturvedi (full name not yet known) were the training instructors at the Air Force Academy.

The two pilots were on a trainee flight.

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Defence Minister A K Antony said on Wednesday that thirty-two MiG series aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed in the last five years killing eight pilots.

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The plane was two kilometers from landing. The plane crashed on a barren stretch of land. There were no casualties reported on the ground.

"32 MiG aircraft have met with accidents during the last five years and a total of eight pilots have lost their lives in these accidents," he said while replying to a query in Rajya Sabha.

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(With inputs from PTI)

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