Wreckage of missing Sukhoi fighter jet found in Assam

Paying'Close Attention to Incident of Missing IAF Jet Affirms China

Su-30 aircraft with recce capability are also being utilised for locating the missing aircraft, the air force said.

The wreckage was found from Rupa in Arunachal Pradesh, at the last known location of the aircraft, says an official. The ruins of the aircraft were found 60 km north-west of Tezpur, Assam. The debris is yet to be retrieved as bad weather and dense foliage has hampered operations, the PRO said.

The Sukhoi aircraft took off at 9:30 AM and went missing near Doulasang area of Arunachal Pradesh, the border area between India and China. "Search parties of IAF and Army set out to the area where the aircraft was declared missing", Newton said.

"The wreckage has been located and ground parties are waiting to be airlifted to the crash site as the area is totally inaccessible". At present, Tezpur has two squadrons of the Su-30, with each squadron having 12 to 16 aircraft.




Tezpur is one of the three IAF bases in the country to host a fleet of Sukhoi-30 combat aircrafts and the first in Northeast.

"A court of inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of the accident", IAF spokesperson Wing Commander Anupam Banerjee was quoted as saying by Dailyexcelsior.

Search operations continued for the fourth day on Friday for the fighter jet that went missing after taking off from Salonibari airbase here on a routine training sortie. The Tezpur Air Force station is 172 km from the China border. Since the induction of Sukhoi-30 fighter planes into Indian airforce in 1997, so far seven have crashed. The Tezpur incident is the eighth crash of the Su-30 MKI fighters in the last eight years.

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