Sukhoi-30 jet: China ready to help India search for missing pilots

China said it is ready to help India, if it asks for assistance, in the search for the missing Sukhoi-30 fighter jet and two pilots after wreckage is found.

IANS May 26, 2017 15:07:15 IST
Sukhoi-30 jet: China ready to help India search for missing pilots

Beijing:China said it is ready to help India if it asks for assistance in the search for the missing Sukhoi-30 fighter jet and two pilots, even as the wreckage was found on Friday.

Sukhoi30 jet China ready to help India search for missing pilots

File image of IAF Sukhoi SU-30 aircraft. AFP

There was however no trace of the two Indian Air Force pilots who went down with the aircraft on Tuesday.

"So far, we have not received any request from the Indian government for assistance. If a request comes, China will offer assistance from a humanitarian perspective," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said.

"However, whatever we do, it does not change our position in the relevant sections of the India-China border," Lu added.

On Wednesday, China had reacted curtly when asked if it would provide help in searching for the aircraft, that went missing on Tuesday near the India-China border.

China had warned India not to disturb peace on the border area.

The wreckage was found on Friday found close to the last known position of the aircraft, officials in India said.

The aircraft had gone missing near Arunachal Pradesh's Doulasang area, adjoining China, 60 km north of Tezpur.

The Su-30 had taken off from the IAF Tezpur air base, located about 172 km from the India-China border in Arunachal Pradesh around 9.30 am on a routine training mission on 23 May.

It lost radar and radio contact with the controlling station around 11.10 am.

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