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Thursday, May 03, 2012

171 pilots, 39 civilians killed so far in 482 MiG

[MiG-21 Fishbed]Of the 872 MiG series fighter aircraft purchased by the government till 1980, a total of 482 planes have crashed till now, killing 171 pilots and 39 civilians, government told Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

In a written reply to the House, Defence Minister A K Antony said, "A total of 872 MiG aircraft of various types were purchased from 1966-1980... 482 MiG aircraft accidents took place since 1971-72 to 2012-13 (till April 19, 2012)."

Furnishing details of these casualties and the cause of accidents, he said, "A total of 171 pilots, 39 civilians, eight service personnel and one aircrew lost their lives in these accidents. The causes of accidents were both human error and technical defects."

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