Indian Air Force Plane Crash Adds to Military AccidentsBibhudatta Pradhan and Anurag Kotoky
An Indian Air Force C-130J transport plane today crashed near the central city of Gwalior, a fresh setback to the country’s armed forces which have seen three fatal accidents in seven months.
The aircraft, made by Lockheed Martin Corp., crashed during a routine training session, the Air Force said in a statement. Spokeswoman Rochelle D’Silva said a rescue team has been sent to the spot of the crash in the central state of Madhya Pradesh. All five crew members were killed, Times Now television channel reported without citing anyone.
The Indian navy last month rescued sailors from one of its Russian-built Kilo class submarines after an incident off the coast of Mumbai, the second such event in six months, prompting the naval chief of staff to resign. Earlier this month, a naval officer was killed in an accident on board a warship, which was yet to be inducted into service.
India bought six C-130J aircrafts in 2011 and plans to buy six more. Trevor Thomas, an Australia-based Lockheed Martin spokesman, didn’t respond to an e-mail seeking comment.