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May 29, 2017

Wreckage of missing Indian Air Force’s Su-30 MKI fighter jet found

The wreckage of Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Su-30 MKI aircraft has been found after it went missing near China's border last week.

The wreckage of Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Su-30 MKI aircraft has been found after it went missing near China's border last week.

The aircraft with two pilots onboard was on a routine training mission when it lost radar contact with the base.

It took off from Tezpur Airbase in the state of Assam, India, on 23 May and was 60km north-west of Tezpur when communication was lost, the Indian Ministry of Defence stated.

The wreckage was located by the military following search and rescue operations that were hindered by bad weather conditions.

Civil administration and military authorities were also requested to help search for the aircraft.

"The search for a flight data recorder and the missing crew will be carried out by the ground parties after they reach the crash site."

The military also launched aerial search based on the last known position of the Su-30 MKI.

A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of the accident, according to the statement.

The search for a flight data recorder and the missing crew will be carried out by the ground parties after they reach the crash site.

The search parties of the army are also attempting to reach the crash site by trekking cross-country, however, their attempts are hampered due to inclement weather, thick vegetation and steep gradient of the terrain.

The aircraft was inducted in Tezpur air base in 2009. Currently, the centre has two squadrons of SU-30 aircraft, each comprising 12 to 16 aircraft, The Press Trust of India reported.

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