Sukhoi fighter jet goes missing: Search operation affected by bad weather

The search for the Indian Air Force's missing Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jet was hit by rough weather on Wednesday.

PTI May 24, 2017 17:28:27 IST
Sukhoi fighter jet goes missing: Search operation affected by bad weather

Tezpur: The search for the Indian Air Force's missing Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jet was hit by rough weather on Wednesday.

Sukhoi fighter jet goes missing Search operation affected by bad weather

File image of IAF Sukhoi SU-30 aircraft. Image courtesy: PIB

IAF sources said the operation was continuing despite bad weather conditions in parts of Assam and neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh where the plane is suspected to have crashed.

The Sukhoi jet, with two pilots on board, went missing after taking off from the Tezpur Salonibari air force station at 10:30 am. The aircraft was on a routine training sortie.

A massive search operation, involving recce by helicopters, was launched to trace the plane and the pilots, aged between 25 and 30, defence spokesman Lt Col Sombit Ghosh of the Army's 4 Corps told PTI.

Sonitpur district deputy commissioner Manoj Kumar Deka told reporters that the air force station had informed him that the last contact with the plane was made at around 11.10 am when it it was flying over Dubia in Gohpur sub-division of Biswanath district, adjacent to Sonitpur.

The country's frontline aircraft SU-30 MKI was inducted in Tezpur air base on 15 June, 2009 by former IAF Vice–Chief, Air Marshal PK Barbara, during his tenure here, IAF sources said.

At present, two squadrons comprising around 36 aircraft are deployed at Tezpur for guarding the China border in Arunachal Pradesh.

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