On Mar 20, 1:30 pm, Daryl <dh...@nospami70west3.com
> About half were Mig-21s. The rest were a mix of Choppers and
> Mig-29s. It may not be the aircraft's sole fault. There is
> speculation that there may have been pilot error as a
> contributing factor. India doesn't really have much of a Jet
> Trainer program.
"When consulted about the high MiG-21 accident rate,
Russia pointed out that India had insisted on manufacturing
many of the spare parts needed to keep MiG-21s
operational, and many of these parts were not manufactured
to Russian specifications. While Russia does not have a
reputation for making the highest quality equipment, their
standards are often higher than India's. It's no secret that
much of the military equipment made in India is pretty
shabby by world standards.
Most of the pilots lost in these MiG-21 accidents were
new pilots, which pointed out another problem. India
has long put off buying jet trainers. New pilots go straight
from propeller driven trainer aircraft, to high performance
jets like the MiG-21. This is made worse by the fact that
the MiG-21 has always been a tricky aircraft to fly. That,
in addition to it being an aircraft dependent on one, low
quality, engine, makes it more understandable why so
many MiGs were lost. And a lot were lost."