IAF orders court of inquiry into Sukhoi jet crash

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The aircraft was declared overdue and Search and Rescue operations were launched to locate the aircraft and the pilots.

Tezpur: After four days of massive search operations, the wreckage of the missing Indian Air Force's (IAF) Sukhoi-30 fighter aircraft has been spotted.

The search for the two pilots, a squadron leader and flight lieutenant, and the flight data recorder will be undertaken by the ground parties once they reach the crash site. "However, their progress is getting hampered due to inclement weather, thick foliage and steep terrain", he said.

The Sukhoi jet went missing after taking off for a routine training sortie from the Tezpur Salonibari Air Force station in Assam at 10:30 am on Tuesday, May 23, . Sombit Ghosh, said the wreckagewas found close to the last reported position of the plane, which was 60-km north-west of Tezpur, in Sonitpur district, of Assam. The two-seater SU-30 MKI aircraft lost radar and radio contact at around 11.10 am.

However, there was no information on the two pilots that were flying the jet.

The wreckage has been found in the dense forests near the China border.

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Tezpur has one of the three IAF air bases in the country that host the Sukhois.

IAF officials said SU-30 aircraft with recce capability were also being utilised for locating the missing aircraft.

The wreckage of Su-30 jet was discovered in the thick forest around 60 km from Tezpur where it lost radar contact with the base on Tuesday.

The first batch of the Russia-made fighter jet was inducted by the IAF in the late 1990s.

It was the sixth incident of Sukhoi crash since its induction.

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