Indian Air Force's Sukhoi With Two Pilots Goes Missing Near China

Elias Hubbard
May 28, 2017

The Indian Air Force's Sukhoi-30 MKI with two pilots onboard has lost contact gone missing along the Assam-ArunachalPradesh border.

A massive search operation was launched to trace the plane and the pilots, aged between 25 and 30, according to Lt.

The DC said he then immediately alerted the neighbouring district administrations about the missing plane.

The flight took off from Salonibari in Assam at 10:30AM and lost the radio contact 60km north of Tezpur. "The aircraft is overdue and actions have been initiated", defence spokesman Lt Col Sambit Ghosh told The New Indian Express.

As per the initial reports, the last contact was made with the aircraft at about 11:30 am in Lakhimpur.

The Tezpur air force station is around 172km from the China border. IAF has inducted 240 of the 272 twin-seat Sukhois contracted from Russian Federation for over $12 billion, with the bulk of them being "produced under licence" by Hindustan Aeronautics.

Both pilots were able to successfully eject from the aircraft, which went down near Shivkar Kurla village, leaving three villagers injured.

Previous year one Sukhoi 30 MKI crashed near Nagaon town of Assam during a routine sortie. This is the second time that a Sukhoi-30 of the Tezpur base has met with trouble. However, many jets are reported to be still in need of repairs.

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