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Wreckage of missing Sukhoi-30 jet fighter found in Assam after 3 days

The two-seater SU-30 MKI aircraft had gone missing after taking off from Tezpur airbase on Tuesday

Press Trust of India  |  Tezpur 

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The wreckage of the Sukhoi fighter jet that went missing with two crew members on board was found on Friday after three days of search operations.

The Sukhoi jet had gone missing after taking off from the Air Force station in at 10:30 am on Tuesday on a routine training sortie.

Defence spokesperson, Tezpur 4 Corps, Lt Col Sombit Ghosh told PTI that the wreckage of the missing SU-30 jet was found close to the last known position of the aircraft, which was 60 km north-west of Tezpur in Assam's Sonitpur district.

"As of now, weather is bad and the place has dense foliage and members of the search operation are yet to reach the spot", he said.

The two-seater SU-30 MKI aircraft had gone missing after taking off from Tezpur airbase of Salonibari and lost radar and radio contact on May 23 at around 11.10 am.

Unconfirmed reports said the fighter plane had on board one squadron leader and a crew member but the has not yet released any name or rank of the two members in the missing plane.

The country's front line aircraft SU-30 MKI was inducted in Tezpur air base during the tenure of former Vice Chief Air Marshal P K Barbora on June 15, 2009.

At present Tezpur has a strength of two squadrons of SU-30 aircraft with one squadron comprising 12 to 16 aircraft.

First Published: Fri, May 26 2017. 13:22 IST
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