The wreckage of the missing Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi-30 fighter jet, missing since Wednesday, was found earlier today close to its last known position.
The wreckage of the missing Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi-30 fighter jet, missing since Wednesday, was found earlier today close to its last known position. While the aircraft has been found, there is no news about the aircrew that was flying the jet. As per reports, the fighter jet took off from Tezpur on Tuesday at around 10.30 AM and it disappeared from the radar and lost radio connectivity too with the air station when it was flying 60 km North East of the city, as explained by Indian Express by Lt Col Purohit. Search operations were underway since the day the jet went missing. Communications was lost when the fighter jet was flying over Dubia in Gohpur sub-division of Biswanath district, adjacent to Sonitpur district of Assam, revealed Sonitpur Deputy Commissioner (DC) Manoj Kumar Deka.
The identity of the missing pilots has still not been revealed but they are aged between 25 to 30. The Sukhoi jet had gone missing after taking off from the Tezpur Salonibari Air Force station in Assam at 10:30 AM on Tuesday on a routine training sortie. Defence spokesperson, Tezpur 4 Corps, Lt Col Sombit Ghosh told in an interview with PTI said, “As of now, the weather is bad and the place has dense foliage and members of the search operation are yet to reach the spot.”
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The two-seater SU-30 MKI aircraft had gone missing after taking off from Tezpur airbase of Salonibari and lost radar and radio contact on May 23 at around 11.10 am. Unconfirmed reports said the fighter plane had on board one squadron leader and a crew member but the IAF has not yet released any name or rank of the two members in the missing plane, as reported by PTI.
SU-30 MKI was inducted in the Tezpur air base during the tenure of former IAF Vice Chief Air Marshal P K Barbora on June 15, 2009.