Wreckage of missing Sukhoi-30 fighter jet located near Assam-Arunachal border
The Indian Air Force aircraft was on a routine training mission, when it lost radar and radio contact with the controlling station near Arunachal Pradesh’s Doulasang area, an area adjoining China.Updated: May 26, 2017 22:47 IST
The wreckage of the Sukhoi-30 jet that went missing with two pilots was located on Friday on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border after a three-day search operation.
“Bad weather in the area is hampering the operation. The fate of the two pilots is not known yet,” said defence spokesperson Lt Col Sombit Ghosh.
He told HT that the wreckage has been located near the coordinates, about 60 km north of Tezpur town in north-central Assam, where the last contact with the fighter aircraft was made.
Meanwhile, the Indian Air Force on Friday ordered a court of inquiry into the accident.
“A court of inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of the accident,” IAF spokesperson Wing Commander Anupam Banerjee said here Tezpur is one of the three IAF air bases in the country that host the Sukhois.
Ground parties standing by to be airlifted to site as area is inaccessible. Srch for flight data recorder&missing crew to be perused by them pic.twitter.com/1Kt2vVxe8X— ANI (@ANI_news) May 26, 2017
The Su-30 jet took off from the IAF Tezpur air base, located about 172 km from the India-China border in Arunachal Pradesh around 9.30 am on a routine training mission on May 23.
The aircraft was on a routine training mission as part of a two-aircraft formation.
It lost radar and radio contact with the controlling station around 11.10 am near Arunachal Pradesh’s Doulasang area, an area adjoining China, 60 km north of Tezpur.
“Search for flight data recorder and missing crew will be pursued by the ground parties after they reach the crash site,” Banerjee said.
Last year, a Sukhoi-30MKI crashed near Nagaon town of Assam during a routine sortie. While the two pilots ejected safely, some locals suffered splinter injuries from the crash.
(With PTI inputs)
First Published: May 26, 2017 12:11 IST