IAF Sukhoi-30 aircraft goes missing near China border after taking off from Tezpur in Assam, search operation launched

IAF Sukhoi-30 aircraft missing


In an unfortunate incident, a Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jet aircraft went missing on Tuesday close to China border in Arunachal Pradesh. The aircraft lost radio contact with the radar on Tuesday. The aircraft had two pilots on board. The Indian Air Force has sent a flying party for a massive search operation (‘overdue action’ as it is called in defence terms) to locate the aircraft. The aircraft had taken off from Tezpur in Assam on a regular sortie.

IAF Sukhoi-30 aircraft

The aircraft lost radar 60 km North of Tezpur, say reports. Reports also say that the aircraft was last traced on radar at 11 am. The IAF has also moved in ground parties to search for the aircraft.

Earlier in March, a Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet crashed in Shivkar Kudla village in Rajasthan’s Barmer. No casualty was reported as both the pilots were ejected before the plane crashed.

Su-30 MKI is a state-of-the-art all-weather multi-role fighter jet capable of undertaking varied air combat and ground attack missions. Developed by Russia’s Sukhoi, it is built under licence by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.