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    According to the local police, the jet took off from the HAL airstrip near Nasik and crashed at Wavi-Tushi village, near the town of Pimpalgaon Baswant, around 25km from Nasik.

    New Delhi (Sputnik) — A brand new Su-30MKI crashed in the southern Indian city of Nasik during a pre-delivery test flight on Wednesday morning. The aircraft was solely built by the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) at its Nasik facility. A defense ministry official said that both pilots ejected safely before the accident. 

    READ MORE: Indian Aerospace Firm Offers to Build 40 More BrahMos-Equipped Su-30MKIs

    "The aircraft crashed at 11:05 am and the police received information about the crash at 11:15 am," a defense ministry official told media.  

    Currently, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has around 240 Su-30MKI aircraft. It had contracted for 272 aircraft from Russia for $12 billion, the bulk of which were locally produced by HAL under license.

    ​Earlier this month, an IAF Jaguar fighter jet crashed in the Mundra district of Kutch in Gujarat, while last year in May, two pilots lost their lives when one of the IAF's frontline Sukhoi jets crashed near the border with China.

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