New Delhi, Mar 28 IBNS | 4 months ago

The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Friday expressed grief as its newly-acquired C-130J aircraft crashed near Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh leaving five crew members dead.


"It is very unfortunate that we have lost five of our brave warriors in a tragic accident today. It is a sad moment for all of us and we share the grief with the family members," Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshall Arup Raha said in a statement.

"C-130J is a modern aircraft which was inducted into the IAF in 2010. In the last three years of its operations we have exploited capabilities of this aircraft during Uttarakhand floods and landing at DBO, which is the highest landing ground in the world. Needless to say, that the best pilots have been chosen to fly these aircraft," the statement said.

The aircraft was airborne from Agra at 1000 hrs for a routine flying training mission. The Lockheed Martin C-130J "Super" Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft.

A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate into the cause of the accident.

"Events like these are painful reminders of the inherent risks which our brave airwarriors face in the execution of our daily mission. While the IAF will conduct a thorough enquiry into the accident to ascertain exactly what led to this accident, the IAF remains committed to provide the best possible equipment and training to our personnel so that they can execute their assigned missions professionally," the force said in its statement.

(Posted on 28-03-2014)