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Defence Minister AK Antony says probe on to investigate Super Hercules crash


March 29, 2014 - Thiruvananthapuram

  • Union Minister for Defence AK Antony has said that an inquiry has been ordered into crashing of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft of the Indian Air Force.
  • The aircraft crashed near Gwalior airbase on Friday killing all five crew on board. The crew who were killed in the crash were identified as Wing Commander Prashant Joshi, Wing Commander Raji Nayak, Squadron Leader Kaushik Mishra, Squadron Leader Ashish Yadav and Warrant Officer KP Singh.
  • Speaking to media in Thiruvananthapuram, Antony said that he didn't want to jump into any conclusions on the recent accidents occurring in armed forces and that the investigation should be completed to find out the reasons as to why t he aircraft crashed yesterday.
  • Responding to allegations that the spare parts used in the aircraft were made in China, Antony said that the Government has no role in the procurement of the equipment in the Navy or Air Force.
  • Antony said that the last ten years witnessed rapid modernisation in Indian Navy and Air Force.
  • Experts are surprised at the crash of the aircraft which has the reputation for highest safety record and is one of the safest military aircraft of the world.

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