IAF, IA and IN Aircraft Losses Database


1948 : 5 1949 : 1 1951 : 1 1952 : 2 1954 : 1 1956 : 1 1957 : 2 1958 : 2 1961 : 1 1962 : 1 1965 : 1 1966 : 1 1971 : 2 1988 : 1 1990 : 1
1991 : 1 1992 : 1 1998 : 1 1999 : 1 2000 : 1 2001 : 1 2003 : 1

A total of 30 Accidents and Losses are listed.


DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewPhotoUnitRemarks
14 May 48 Tempest II Plt Offr Dilip Kumar Sen +
4 Sqn In Memoriam
01 Jul 48 Tempest II Plt Offr Vijendra Nath Bhargava +
4 Sqn In Memoriam - Aircraft overturned after landing.
09 Dec 48 Tempest II Plt Offr Terence Roy Frantz +
4 Sqn In Memoriam
09 Dec 48 Tempest II Plt Offr Sigamany Lokanathan +
4 Sqn In Memoriam
21 Dec 48 Tempest II Plt Offr Nevile Charles Isacke +
4 Sqn In Memoriam
01 Nov 49 Tempest II Sqn Ldr Ramchandra Vasudeo Ghisad +
4 Sqn failed to pull out of dive - Hyd FPD
07 Feb 51 Tempest II Plt Offr Stephen Patrick Michael +
4 Sqn Prop detached, BO over Western Ghats
24 Jun 52 Tempest II Sqn Ldr Prasanta Kumar Sarkar
4 Sqn Possibly Repaired Pilot OK
07 Oct 52 Tempest II Plt Offr Kishore Atmaram Deshpande +
4 Sqn Killed (DFS Data)
28 Apr 54 Tempest II Fg Offr Prem Nath Bali +
4 Sqn k in cr Poona
02 May 56 Vampire FB52 Fg Offr Mehr Chand Malhotra +
4 Sqn In Memoriam
01 Apr 57 Ouragan Fg Offr Daljit Singh Bajaj
Click to View Record 4 Sqn DNE K in Dummy AG firing practice
29 Oct 57 Ouragan Fg Offr Surinder Singh +
4 Sqn In Memoriam
08 May 58 Ouragan Fg Offr Daljit Singh Bajaj +
Click to View Record 4 Sqn Hoshiarpur at 11 20 hours. On routine exercise cra
23 Jul 58 Vampire FB52 Plt Offr Arvind Kaimhandia Kamat +
Click to View Record 4 Sqn In Memoriam
04 Oct 61 Ouragan Fg Offr Basil Joseph Hickman +
Click to View Record 4 Sqn In Memoriam
23 May 62 Ouragan Fg Offr Dorab Minocher Vatcha +
4 Sqn a/c caught fire and pilot did not eject
26 Aug 65 Ouragan Fg Offr Pallathadka Subrahmanya Bhat +
4 Sqn In Memoriam
09 Nov 66 MiG-21 U Wg Cdr Norman Foster Watts
Sqn Ldr Tekkidath Vijayan Nair Vijayan
4 Sqn Cr L in Chandigarh. S/L Vijayan injured DNE
01 Mar 71 MiG-21 FL Flt Lt Ajit Bhavnani
Click to View Record 4 Sqn DNE. LL Sortie, Bird Hit
06 Dec 71 MiG-21 FL
4 Sqn AAA fire damage, ran out of fuel. Gauhati
13 May 88 MiG-21 Fg Offr Ashutosh Sharma +
4 Sqn In Memoriam
14 Nov 90 MiG-21 Bis Wg Cdr Rajib Kumar Chakravorty +
Click to View Record 4 Sqn Cr during night flying from Jaisalmer. 12503 Rajib
03 Apr 91 MiG-21 Bis Fg Offr Vivek Sikka +
4 Sqn Hit hill on approach at Jaisalmer
15 Dec 92 MiG-21 Bis Fg Offr Kuttappa +
4 Sqn DNE - G-LOC during Spin over Uttarlai. Not in In M
04 Jun 98 MiG-21 Bis Fg Offr Samir Kashinath Nerkar +
4 Sqn
19 Jun 99 MiG-21 Fg Offr Amit Singh +
Click to View Record 4 Sqn Near Barmer, Eng failure due to Bird Strike
18 Dec 00 MiG-21 Bis Fg Offr Umesh Chandra Chaudhary +
4 Sqn Cr Samu Vill, from Uttarlai Airfield
13 Dec 01 MiG-21 Bis Sqn Ldr Madhukar Seth +
4 Sqn Cr Landing at Uttarlai Pt Killed
04 Jun 03 MiG-21 Bis Flt Lt Dipankar Singh Jamwal +
4 Sqn Cr Sinadari Barmer Dist during LL flt 54km from Ut

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