IAF pilot who died in crash was flying jet that should have been decommissioned
Minutes earlier than Wing Commander Meet Kumar hurtled to his loss of life yesterday, he was on radio with the Air Visitors Management (ATC) of the Pathankot Air base and sought permission to return instantly.
Wing Commander Kumar, who had taken off from the Pathankot airbase at about 12.20 and crashed a bit later, was flying a Sort 75 MiG 21 – the second oldest fighters within the IAF.
“Ops regular sir?” the ATC had requested Wing Commander Kumar eager to know whether or not the fighter was working correctly.
The plane that Wing Commander Kumar was flying had simply been serviced after having flown for 200 hours.
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He was flying the “first-air-test” sortie. The sortie is to clear the plane for regular operational flying. The primary-air-test sortie is often flown by an skilled pilot. Wing Commander Kumar had accomplished 800 hours with the MiG 21.
Wing Commander Kumar instructed the ATC the climate parameters required to finish the “first-air- check” sortie was not sufficient due to clouds.
Even because the ATC hurriedly cleared him for touchdown, the MiG 21 disappeared from the radar. Minutes later, the worst fears of the Pathankot primarily based 26 Squadron of the Indian Air Drive had been confirmed.
A courtroom of Inquiry has been ordered and it’ll set up what led to the accident and loss of life of Wing Commander Kumar. Two issues have attracted the eye of senior IAF pilots – the auto-pilot of the Sort 75 MiG 21 and that Wing Commander Kumar had the requisite flying hours and was thought-about to be among the best.
“The Auto-pilot within the Sort 75 features on the analogue mode and is legacy auto-pilot. In contrast to auto-pilots in trendy fighters they’re identified to be troublesome and at instances erratic,” a high IAF supply instructed India At present and added “In case of clouds you turn to the auto-pilot mode.”
Sort 75 MiG 21 ought to have been decommissioned years in the past
The Sort 75 MiG 21 should not have been flying. Ideally these fighters ought to have been decommissioned between 2010- 2015, high sources have confirmed to India At present.
The 26 Squadron is the one remaining squadron of the IAF that flies these previous fighters. “Had the IAF acquired its two squadrons of the indigenously made Tejas fighters and two Squadrons of Russian made Su 30Mki, the Sort 75 MiG 21 fighters would have been decommissioned,” senior Defence Ministry officers instructed India At present.
The Indian Air Drive has about 9 Tejas fighters. None of those are, nonetheless, cleared for operational flying.
Worse, the IAF will hold flying Sort-75 MiG21 plane for the subsequent few years. Sources instructed India At present that IAF is planning to create a combined squadron of Sort-75 and the upgraded Sort 96 MiG 21 additionally referred to as the Bison.
Combined squadrons or a fleet with a couple of form of fighter are usually averted. Every plane has totally different norms and procedures to deal with emergencies, upkeep and flying necessities.
“If Sort-75 fighters are grounded, the energy of the fighter squadrons will drop under 30,” sources instructed India At present. The Indian Air Drive wants at the least 42 squadrons to take care of a reputable deterrence alongside the northern and western borders.
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