TEZPUR (ASSAM): The wreckage of the missing Sukhoi-30 of Indian Air Force (IAF) jet has been found at 10 KM NW of Doimara in Arunachal Pradesh.
Defence sources said the wreckage was located on Friday and ground parties were standing by to be airlifted to the crash site as the area was totally inaccessible.
The aircraft had taken off from the IAF’s Tezpur air base on Tuesday at around 10:30 am on a routine training mission. At 11.10 am, it lost radio and radar contact with the base.
“Search for flight data recorder and missing crew will be perused by the ground parties after they reach the crash site. Search parties of Army are also attempting to reach the crash site by trekking cross country. However, their progress is hampered due to inclement weather, thick vegetation and steep gradient of the terrain,” defence spokesman Lt Col Suneet Newton said.
“The aircraft was declared overdue and search and rescue operations were launched to locate the aircraft and the pilots. Help from civil administration and military authorities was also sought to locate the aircraft. Aerial search was commenced based on last known position of the Su-30 MKI. Incessant rain and dense clouds hampered the search operations in air and on the ground. Search parties of IAF and Army set out to the area where the aircraft was declared missing,” Newton said.
He said a court of inquiry had been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.
In May 2015, a Sukhoi-30MKI crashed at a forested area near Tezpur after it had developed a technical snag. Although the two pilots had managed to eject safely, two locals suffered splinter injuries.
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. The IAF station here is strategically-located as it lies surrounded by China, Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh.
The Tezpur airfield was constructed by the British Royal Indian Air Force during the Second World War in 1942. It developed into a full-fledged Air Force base in 1959.