No need to ground MiG 29s, crash due to human error: Russia

© Indian Express

After the Indian Navy raised concerns over the safety of its new fleet of MiG 29Ks following the crash of a twin-seater fighter in Russia weeks before it was to be delivered to India, Moscow has informed that there is no need to ground the fighters as the crash occurred due to a human error.

A senior official said that clarifications were sought when the incident occurred last Thursday and Russia has informed that the crash occurred when the fighter was conducting tight manoeuvres before coming in to land with full weapons on board after a test flight. “The manoeuvres were being conducted at a low altitude that probably should not have been done,” an official said.

The Navy was specially concerned about the crash as the fighter in question was to be delivered to it over the next few weeks as part of the deal for 16 carrier borne fighters being procured for the Gorshkov aircraft carrier.

The official said Russia has also resumed operations of its MiG 29 fleet and there are no concerns in India about the safety of the aircraft, adding that there is no move to ground the fleet. The navy, however, is tracking the crash investigation closely and has sought details from Russia on the manoeuvres that were being conducted.

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