IAF, IA and IN Aircraft Losses Database


1958 : 1 1959 : 2 1960 : 4 1961 : 1 1962 : 2 1963 : 2 1964 : 4 1965 : 9 1966 : 1 1967 : 4 1968 : 2 1969 : 3 1970 : 4 1971 : 9 1972 : 5
1973 : 3 1975 : 3 1976 : 2 1977 : 3 1978 : 1 1980 : 3 1981 : 1 1982 : 2 1983 : 1 1984 : 1 1985 : 3 1986 : 4 1987 : 3 1988 : 1 1989 : 2

A total of 86 Accidents and Losses are listed.


DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewPhotoUnitRemarks
18 May 58 Gnat IE-1059 Wg Cdr Edul Jahangir Dhatigara
Click to View Record Engine surge on approach Chilboten - Belly landed
25 Mar 59 Gnat IE-1066 Sqn Ldr Anilkumar Vaikunthlal Munim +
Click to View Record AATU Aircraft went out of control due to a trim runaway
09 Oct 59 Gnat IE-1067
Ac destroyed in Crash
24 Feb 60 Gnat IE-1069 Flt Lt Padmanabha Ashoka
Click to View Record AATU Pilot Ejected at 12000 ft - Kanpur
19 Mar 60 Gnat IE-1070 Sqn Ldr Subramaniam Raghavendran
Click to View Record 23 Sqn Engine failure Pilot ejected near Kanpur
04 Jun 60 Gnat IE-1063 Sqn Ldr Ayappan Sudhakaran +
Click to View Record AATU Force landed on the Grand Trunk road. The landing
09 Nov 60 Gnat IE-1102 Flt Lt Raj Kumar Mehta +
Click to View Record 23 Sqn Bird hit and Engine Flame out in Landing at Palam
08 Sep 61 Gnat IE-1111 Flt Lt Thomas Andrew Kenneth Taylor
Click to View Record 23 Sqn Pilot Ejected ac cr - Eng flame out at Ambala
17 Jan 62 Gnat IE-1073 Flt Lt Vijay Kumar Singh +
23 Sqn Happened as part of the flypast practice for 1963
19 Jun 62 Gnat IE-1200 Sqn Ldr Jagat Mohan Lowe +
HAL B'lore Cr on test flight prior to delivery
05 Jan 63 Gnat IE-1103 Flt Lt Prithpal Singh Gill +
23 Sqn Pilot Killed in Crash at Ambala
18 May 63 Gnat IE-1108 Sqn Ldr John Jasper Bouche
Click to View Record Pilot Ejected ac cr
07 Apr 64 Gnat IE-1064
Ac skipped chocks engine run - cr into wall ac wo
15 Apr 64 Gnat IE-1217 Fg Offr Malcolm Jal Commissariat +
2 Sqn
07 Sep 64 Gnat IE-1207 Flt Lt Dinesh Chandra Badia
Click to View Record 23 Sqn The two Gnats were is close formation when they co
07 Oct 64 Gnat IE-1230 Fg Offr Ashok Kumar Kaushal +
Click to View Record 2 Sqn
19 Apr 65 Gnat IE-1072
Ac dest in crash
12 May 65 Gnat IE-1204
2 Sqn Ac overshot runway Pilot ejected acwo
04 Aug 65 Gnat Fg Offr Jatinderjit Singh Bhatti +
2 Sqn K in Crash, TO from Ambala
03 Sep 65 Gnat IE-1083 Sqn Ldr Brijpal Singh Sikand
Click to View Record 23 Sqn Forcelanded at Pasrur. Aircraft retained by Pak
06 Sep 65 Gnat IE-1112 Fg Offr Mohan Murdeshwar
Click to View Record 23 Sqn Strafed on ground Pathankot by F-86 Pilot Safe
13 Sep 65 Gnat Flt Lt Arvind Kale
2 Sqn Shotdown by F-86 Ejected near Katron
14 Sep 65 Gnat IE-1206 Sqn Ldr Narinder Kumar Malik +
Click to View Record 2 Sqn Crashed into Ground during egress.
19 Sep 65 Gnat Fg Offr Vijay Mayadev
9 Sqn Shotdown by F-86 near Lahore
20 Sep 65 Gnat IE-1212 - -
Dest on ground at Halwara by B-57
18 Aug 66 Gnat Flt Lt Uday Raghunath Potnis +
9 Sqn As the ac left the runway, the stbd drop tank fell
01 Jan 67 Gnat Flt Lt Ajit Singh Lamba
Click to View Record AATU Srinagar Valley - Pulled canopy lever while going
01 Jun 67 Gnat Flt Lt Prabhat Chandra Prasad
Click to View Record 24 Sqn Flame out after TO from Kalaikunda
30 Jun 67 Gnat Gp Capt Emanuel Fernandes
Click to View Record DNE - Refer mail by Gp Capt G C Karambaya
26 Oct 67 Gnat Flt Lt Satwant Singh
Eng Flame out during practice dogfight pkt
24 Apr 68 Gnat E-238 Fg Offr Raymond Henry Christopher Vaz +
K in Crash, TO from Ambala.
05 Oct 68 Gnat E-260 Fg Offr Kapoor Singh Dalal +
9 Sqn Cr near Phillaur. Reported control difficulties, c
04 Jul 69 Gnat E-309 Fg Offr Ravinder Singh Mamik +
21 Sqn In Memoriam
30 Jul 69 Gnat IE-1109 Flt Lt Sukhdarshan Singh +
23 Sqn MAC. Wg Cdr Rajeshwar Singh, leader of the 4 ac fo
30 Jul 69 Gnat E-248 Fg Offr Paramjit Singh Nanra +
23 Sqn MAC. Wg Cdr Rajeshwar Singh, leader of the 4 ac fo
17 Jan 70 Gnat IE-1202 Flt Lt Kumarendra De
Click to View Record ejected safely after malfunctions
21 Jan 70 Gnat IE-1100 Fg Offr Raghuvendra Mohan Mahajan +
23 Sqn Ferry from Adampur to Pathankot
21 Aug 70 Gnat E-1035 Fg Offr Kuldip Singh Johal +
9 Sqn Cr into ground during Trg Sortie from Halwara
24 Oct 70 Gnat E-286 Fg Offr Sudheer Trimbakrao Pawar +
21 Sqn Crashed at Sewai Village near Gorakhpur. The preci
25 Feb 71 Gnat E-297 Fg Offr Subhaa Chandra Borpatra Gohain +
22 Sqn Crash landed during a CAP Sortie
01 Mar 71 Gnat Fg Offr James Arun Benjamin
Click to View Record 24 sqn Engine issue and seizure on Base leg. Pilot touch
13 Mar 71 Gnat IE-1240 Sqn Ldr Kotikalapudh Sriharikrishna Rao +
9 Sqn Cr into ground during 1 Vs V with Hunter. Then Wg
22 Jun 71 Gnat E-282 Wg Cdr Dwijendra Lal Dhar +
Click to View Record 18 Sqn In Memoriam
01 Sep 71 Gnat IE-1104 Fg Offr Dinshaw Feroze Nanavati +
23 Sqn Cr at Pathankot on Landing Approach due to hydraul
24 Sep 71 Gnat IE-1045 Wg Cdr Amar Jit Singh Sandhu +
Click to View Record 23 Sqn Night flying sortie
07 Dec 71 Gnat E-322 Sqn Ldr Nalini Kanta Pathak
21 Sqn Cr Landed Uttarlai
07 Dec 71 Gnat IE-1075 Fg Offr Manmohan Singh +
Click to View Record 9 Sqn Cr at Amritsar on a ferry flight. Lost Ground
14 Dec 71 Gnat E-257 Fg Offr Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon +
Click to View Record 18 Sqn SD by F-86 Srinagar 0750 Hrs
25 Apr 72 Gnat E-1076 Fg Offr Ved Prakash Vadra
Click to View Record 23 Sqn Possibly Repaired Undercarraige failure - Belly landed aircraft on r
28 Apr 72 Gnat E-298 Fg Offr Chandra Shekhar Harish Wankhede +
15 Sqn Lost during Valley flying

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