IAF, IA and IN Aircraft Losses Database


1947 : 2 1948 : 5 1949 : 1 1950 : 2 1951 : 2 1952 : 1 1953 : 1 1955 : 1 1956 : 1 1957 : 1 1958 : 1 1959 : 1 1962 : 1 1965 : 6 1967 : 3
1969 : 1 1970 : 1 1971 : 2 1972 : 1 1973 : 2 1975 : 3 1976 : 1 1980 : 1 1987 : 1 1988 : 1 1989 : 2 1992 : 1 1999 : 1 2002 : 1 2003 : 1
2011 : 1

A total of 50 Accidents and Losses are listed.


DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewPhotoUnitRemarks
28 Aug 47 Tempest II Sqn Ldr Mohan Dev Suri +
Click to View Record 3 Sqn Cr in bad weather on ferry flight Bom to Pune
11 Nov 47 Tempest II PR-836 Sqn Ldr Anand Ramdas Pandit
Click to View Record 3 Sqn Injured in Crash at Pune
28 Jan 48 Tempest II Fg Offr Tilak Raj Behal
3 Sqn Crashed on Forced Landing
04 Jul 48 Tempest II Plt Offr Leonard Dewin Coello +
3 Sqn K in Crash at Pune
01 Aug 48 Tempest II Fg Offr Jesse Walter Davidson +
3 Sqn In Memoriam
14 Sep 48 Tempest II Fg Offr Melville Vivian Ducasse
3 Sqn Hyd Ops Sortie to Hospet ac CrL at Sholapur
14 Sep 48 Tempest II Fg Offr Tilak Raj Behal
3 Sqn Hyd Ops Sortie to Hospet ran out fuel Plt BO Bagal
29 Jul 49 Tempest II HA-536
3 Sqn Cr 18m from Dhond Source: http://pibarchive.nic.i
28 Apr 50 Tempest II Sqn Ldr Kenneth Merals David +
Click to View Record 3 Sqn Cr ferrying a snagged aircraft to Pune
15 May 50 Tempest II Fg Offr Y Datt
3 Sqn BO at 1000 feet when aircraft caught fire Pune
19 Jun 51 Harvard T-6 Fg Offr Vikramajit Rikh +
Plt Offr Julius Celio Rodrigues +
3 Sqn Stalled at Jamnagar 2 killed
24 Nov 51 Tempest II Fg Offr Hugo Pachero Gracias +
3 Sqn flew into tree during LL flying Halwara
07 Aug 52 Tempest II Fg Offr Sharwan Kumar Bhandari +
3 Sqn
04 Dec 53 Vampire FB52 Plt Offr Baskaran Masilmani +
3 Sqn K in Crash, TO from Ambala
25 Feb 55 Ouragan Fg Offr Kuldip Singh +
3 Sqn Crashed on Range
21 Nov 56 Ouragan Flt Lt Kapil Dev Hoon +
3 Sqn K in Crash, TO from Ambala
13 Feb 57 Ouragan Plt Offr Om Prakash Chopra +
3 Sqn K in Crash, TO from Ambala
01 Jun 58 Mystere IVa Fg Offr Sahni
3 Sqn Ejected during exercise DNE
30 May 59 Mystere IVa Fg Offr Christudas Sobilaraj +
3 Sqn Killed during LL tac sortie Ac pitched up. The a
24 Jul 62 Mystere IVa IA-1313 Flt Lt Chandra Sekhar Doraiswamy
Click to View Record 3 Sqn Ejected in inverted spin at KKD. Approximately 2m
06 Sep 65 Mystere IVa Flt Lt Trilochan Singh
Click to View Record 3 Sqn Dest on ground Pathankot by F-86
06 Sep 65 Mystere IVa Fg Offr Russell Douglas Montes
3 Sqn Dest on ground Pathankot by F-86
06 Sep 65 Mystere IVa - -
3 Sqn Dest on ground Pathankot by F-86
06 Sep 65 Mystere IVa - -
3 Sqn Dest on ground Pathankot by F-86
07 Sep 65 Mystere IVa Sqn Ldr Jasbeer Singh +
Click to View Record 3 Sqn flew into ground near Rahwali
22 Sep 65 Mystere IVa IA-1339 Flt Lt Prem Ramsing Ramchandani +
Click to View Record 3 Sqn Shotdown by Own AA fire. Pilot died of wounds
01 Apr 67 Mystere IVa Sqn Ldr Ajay Sapru +
3 Sqn Killed in Crash from Pathankot
12 Apr 67 Mystere IVa Fg Offr Joseph Peter Saldanha +
3 Sqn Killed in Crash from Pathankot
08 Oct 67 Mystere IVa Fg Offr Niranjan Jethmalani +
3 Sqn FTR from Tac Sortie over Rohtang Pass ac missing
22 Aug 69 Mystere IVa Fg Offr Devinder Singh Sethi +
3 Sqn Three Civilians killed, 2 injured
12 Jan 70 Mystere IVa Fg Offr Raghuvendra Mohan Mahajan +
3 Sqn Pilot name same to be checked
13 Dec 71 Mystere IVa IA-1331 Sqn Ldr Jatinder Das Kumar +
Click to View Record 3 Sqn SD near Haveli
17 Dec 71 Mystere IVa Flt Lt Tonkeshwar Das
Click to View Record 3 Sqn engine flame out near Haveli
01 Dec 72 MiG-21 FL
3 Sqn Bird HIt - Pilot nickname was 'Oz' ejected DNE
30 May 73 MiG-21 FL Flt Lt Dalbir Singh Sawhney +
3 Sqn Mushed into ground during ACM (meerut)
01 Aug 73 MiG-21 FL Sqn Ldr Jasjit Singh
Click to View Record 3 Sqn DNE - Bird hit at Hindon, Ejected
25 Feb 75 MiG-21 U U-666 Sqn Ldr Janak Pratap Singh
Flt Lt S G Bose
Click to View Record 3 Sqn AC caught fire, Both Pilots ejected
11 Apr 75 MiG-21 FL Wg Cdr Tekkidath Vijayan Nair Vijayan +
3 Sqn MACW MiG Killed
11 Apr 75 MiG-21 FL Sqn Ldr Mohammad Raza Shirazi
Click to View Record 3 Sqn MACW MiG Ejected
09 Jan 76 MiG-21 Fg Offr Munesh Kumar Gupta +
3 Sqn In Memoriam
01 Feb 80 MiG-21 FL Fg Offr Anil Kumar Dogra +
3 Sqn crashed during ACM near Kotla Hills, Kangra
03 Sep 87 MiG-21 Bis Flt Lt Ranbir Singh
3 Sqn Cr during LL fight - Pilot thrown out safe
11 Jul 88 MiG-21 Bis Fg Offr Shakeel Soni +
3 Sqn Cr into hill during ACM exercise
10 May 89 MiG-21 Bis Wg Cdr Rabin Kumar Ghosh
3 Sqn BO Engine flame out at Jaisalmer
20 Jul 89 MiG-21 Plt Offr Sanjay Tandon +
3 Sqn Lost way on solo flight, crashed 40NM from ptkt
25 Sep 92 MiG-21 Bis Flt Lt Ranjit P Damle +
3 Sqn Cr during Demo for Press at Leh BO but K
07 Apr 99 MiG-21 Wg Cdr Anup Ghosh
Click to View Record 3 Sqn Rajasansi AB Bird Hit
09 Sep 02 MiG-21 Bison Sqn Ldr Rajat Nangia
3 Sqn Cr. Naggal area near Ambala Pilot BO
07 Apr 03 MiG-21 Bison Flt Lt H Garg
3 Sqn TO from Ambala Pt Ejected
06 Sep 11 MiG-21 Bison CU-2189
3 Sqn Routine training sortie. Aircraft crashed into pad

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