An Indian air force Sukhoi Su-30MKI multi-role supersonic fighter crashed near the Pokhran range in the north-western Indian state of Rajasthan on 30 November. The pilot and navigator managed to eject to safety.

This is the second Su-30MKI incident this year after another aircraft crashed near Pokhran on 30 April. The air force has ordered an inquiry into the accident.

The latest loss came five days after Indian president Pratibha Patil flew in an Su-30MKI fighter near Pune in the western Indian state of Maharastra (see picture).

Indian President Pratibha Patil in an Indian Air F 
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Source: Flight International