A total of 8 fighter aircrafts and 4 helicopters of the defence forces have crashed since 1st January, 2011 (up to 2.12.2011). In these accidents, 9 pilots/service personnel and 1 civilian were killed. The main causes of the fighter/helicopter accidents were human error and technical defects.
Every aircraft/helicopter accident is thoroughly investigated by a Court of Inquiry (CoI) to ascertain the cause of accident and remedial measures are taken accordingly to prevent their recurrence in future.
This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri Kanjibhai Patel and Shri Natuji Halaji Thakor in Rajya Sabha today.