Indian Air Force SU 30 fighter aircraft went missing. Reports claim that the aircraft had developed a technical problem and the pilot was forced to abandon the aircraft. Both the pilots ejected safely and the aircraft crashed at Laokhowa near Tezpur.
Indian Air Force Su-30 Fighter Aircraft Missing in North East
Earlier today, an IAF Su-30 aircraft went missing after it lost contact with the ground support, around 60 km from Tezpur. The aircraft took off from the Tezpur base camp in Assam on a routine training mission. AFS Tezpur is at a distance of 172 km from the China border.
Bad weather near the China border is being cited as the reason for the incident. The last radar contact with the jet was around 11.30 am at the said site.
Earlier this year in March, Su-30 crashed in Rajasthan's Barmer and in May last year, another one crashed in Assam’s Nagaon, both during a routine sortie. So far India has lost 7 Su-30 from its fleet of 240. All the 7 missing Su-30 were later found crashed. This is the 8th missing aircraft since 2009.
The Ministry of Defence has not confirmed a crash yet, though they said that the missing fighter jet could be near Kalaktang in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. There is no news about the 2 pilots who were onboard the missing Su-30.
According to protocols, the IAF has a procedure to wait for an hour after lost radio contact and then launch a search operation. Going off-radar and losing radio contact is not an unusual occurrence, although it’s not even frequent.
India and Russia had signed long-term maintenance and technical support agreements in March. The combat jets have been facing engine trouble and serviceability issues since long. India spends a whopping amount in repairs and maintenance of Su-30 jets.
Update: News reports claim that the aircraft had developed a technical problem and the pilot was forced to abandon the aircraft. Both the pilots ejected safely and the aircraft crashed at Laokhowa near Tezpur.
About Su-30 MKI
- Su-30 MKI is a twin cockpit multi-role all-weather air superiority fighter.
- It has air–to–air refuelling capability.
- It is India’s frontline fighter aircraft.
- The aircraft is now being manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in Nasik.
- Its origins are in Russia where it was designed and developed.
- It was inducted into the Indian Air Force in 1997 and since then, it has undergone various upgradations.