Days after an Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi-30 fighter jet went missing after take off from the IAF station on the outskirts of Tezpur, its black box was recovered today, an ANI report said – the wreckage of the fighter jet, that was carrying two officers was found yesterday morning.
According to officials, the aircraft had crashed in a thick forest in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh, 60 km from Tezpur. The search and rescue operation was affected due to bad weather and this delayed the location of the aircraft.
IAF had ordered an inquiry yesterday to probe how the tragedy came to pass. “A court of inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of the accident,” IAF spokesperson Wing Commander Anupam Banerjee was quoted by PTI as saying. The aircraft had gone missing whie it was on a routine training sortie.
The rescue team was not able to reach the accident site since the area was “totally inaccessible, Defence PRO Lt Col Suneet Newton was quoted as saying by the paper.
“Rescue teams are waiting by to be airlifted to the crash site as the area is totally inaccessible. The Army is also trying to reach the crash site by trekking cross country, however their progress is affected because of weather, thick vegetation and steep gradient of the terrain,” he said. “Search for the flight data recorder and missing crew will be perused by the ground parties after they reach the crash site,” the Defence PRO was quoted as saying.
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The aircraft had lost contact 40 minutes after take off. As per defence PRO, the serach operation had started on Tuesday afternoon to locate the aircraft and the pilots. “Aerial search was carried out in a massive way around the last-known position of the aircraft, but incessant rain and dense clouds seriously hampered the search operations both in air as well as on the ground,” he was quoted as saying by Indian Express.