The Indian Air Force (IAF) is looking to limit the use of its ageing fleet of Antonov An-32 ‘Cline’ transport aircraft after one of them crashed in India’s mountainous northeastern region on 3 June, killing all 13 service personnel on board.
Senior IAF officers said the force plans to “curtail” operations of the IAF’s 105 Soviet-era An-32s in the country’s Himalayan regions and over the Bay of Bengal because of “safety concerns”.
Since 1986, two years after the IAF began inducting An-32s into service, four fatal accidents have taken place involving the twin-engine turboprop transporter, resulting in the deaths of 54 service personnel and civilians.
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