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Jul 31, 2009 at 02:28pm IST

IAF trainer flight crashes in Andhra Pradesh

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.


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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