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Sukhoi-30 fleet cleared for flying

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Country’s front line combat aircraft Sukhoi-30 fleet was cleared for flying after being grounded for nearly a month following a crash near Pune.

Sources in the Indian Air Force confirmed this in New Delhi Friday. According to the sources, the Court of Inquiry into the accident is still going on and is in the final stages.

Air Force has expressed satisfaction over the safety checks that have been carried out on all the Sukhoi-30 MKI jets. This is the longest period that the Russian-made aircraft has been grounded since 2009 when its operation was suspended for nearly three weeks following an accident.

Sukhoi represents almost a third of the country’s fighter plane fleet.

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