IAF spokesperson Wing Commander Simranpal Singh Birdi said that, “The fleet has been grounded and is undergoing technical checks following the latest accident in Pune. It would be back in air only after a thorough check”.
The IAF is down to 34 combat squadrons, as against an authorized strength of 44. Each squadron has up to 18 fighter planes.
Sukhoi-30 MKI had crashed in a field near Pune, last week and it was due to a technical problem in the fly-by-wire system not human error.
Birdi said that, “The SU 30 MKI Aircraft accident is under investigation. A Court of Inquiry is in progress to ascertain the actual cause of accident”.