In a major tragic incident, an Indian Air Force Jaguar pilot dropped fuel tanks of his aircraft after one engine of the fighter jet Jaguar failed after being hit by the bird, here on Thursday. Meanwhile, the pilot flying the Jaguar managed to land safely at the Ambala Air Base. As per reports, there were small practice bombs which were dropped by the pilot, which were later recovered. Likewise, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh claimed that the Indian Air Force has lost 33 Indian Aircraft so far including 19 fighter jets in crashes since 2015-2016.
Recently, an AN-32 Aircraft of the Indian Air Force went into a mishap and was recovered after weeks. When found, the 13 Air Force personnel were killed. As many as four Indian Air Force fighter jets have been crashed in an accident including a helicopter, a transporter and a trainer aircraft in 2015-2016. In 2016-2017, Indian Air Force lost six fighter jets, two helicopters, and one trainer aircraft.
Likewise in 2017-2018, IAF lost two fighter jets and three trainer aircraft in crashes. However in 2018-2019, the two Indian Air Force helicopters, two trainer aircraft, seven fighter jets including the Mig-21 fighter jet which was used by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman during a fight with Pakistan Air Force fighter jets F-16 on February 27.