Indian Air Force orders court of inquiry into Sukhoi jet crash

26 May 2017, 05:03 PM
Indian Air Force orders court of inquiry into Sukhoi jet crash (Representational Image)
Indian Air Force orders court of inquiry into Sukhoi jet crash (Representational Image)

The Indian Air Force on Thursday ordered a court of inquiry into the accident involving a Su-30 MKI jet whose wreckage was found earlier in the day about 60 km from Tezpur in Assam.

During a routine training sortie on Tuesday The Su-30 MKI jet, with two pilots on board, had gone missing shortly after taking off from the Tezpur Salonibari air force station.

"A court of inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of the accident," said IAF spokesperson Wing Commander Anupam Banerjee.
The wreckage of jet was found in the thick forest around 60 km from Tezpur where it lost radar contact with the base.

"The wreckage was located today and ground parties are standing by to be airlifted to the crash site as the area is totally inaccessible. Search for flight data recorder and missing crew will be perused by the ground parties after they reach the crash site," Banerjee said.

He said search teams from the Army are attempting to reach the crash site by trekking cross country, adding their progress is hampered due to inclement weather, thick vegetation and steep gradient of the terrain.

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(With PTI Inputs)

First Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 04:49 PM
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