An under production Su-30MKI aircraft of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) crashed at Nashik in Maharashtra on Wednesday morning. Both the pilots ejected safely.
The Sukhoi Su-30MKI, which is a twin-jet multi-role air superiority fighter, crashed at Wavi-Tushi village near Pimpalgaon Baswant town, around 25 kilometres from Nashik, police said.
According to a news agency, sources have said that the Sukhoi crash may have happened due to a technical glitch. A detailed investigation has been ordered.
The Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jet that crashed was an under-production aircraft manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited or HAL in Nashik. The aircraft was still undergoing tests and was not yet handed over to the Indian Air Force.
One of the pilots is a retired IAF pilot, currently employed with HAL as a test pilot. The other pilot is a serving IAF test pilot on attachment to HAL.