The two fighter jets, a Sukhoi-30 and a Mirage 2000, collided on Saturday near Morena in Madhya Pradesh air station of Gwalior, where an exercise occurred, killing one of the three pilots who suffered “fatal injuries”, the official said.
Whether a mid-air collision occurred or not will be determined by an Indian Ari Force court of inquiry. The Su-30 had two pilots during the crash, but the Mirage 2000 only had one.
Both the fighter jets had taken off from the Gwalior Air Force base.
Initial reports indicate that two of the pilots are secure, and “an Indian Ari Force (IAF) chopper reaching the third pilot soon,” Sources said.
The Chief of Air Staff said, “Two fighter aircraft of IAF were involved in an accident near Gwalior today. The aircraft was on a routine operational flying training mission. One of the three pilots involved sustained fatal injuries. An inquiry has been ordered to determine the cause of the accident,” the Indian Air Force tweeted.
For the Indian Air Force, the Sukhoi Design Bureau and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) collaboratively developed the multirole combat fighter aircraft known as the Sukhoi Su-30MKI. However, French aviation giant Dassault, the company that makes the Rafale fighter jets, is the one that developed the Mirage 2000.