IAF Sukhoi fighter jet goes missing, loses radar contact in Assam

- The IAF has begun search operations for the missing plane. The aircraft had taken off from Tezpur in Assam on a regular sortie.

The last contact was made around 11:30 am when the aircraft was almost 60 km north of Tezpur in Assam. The IAF has also moved in ground parties to search for the aircraft. While the pilots ejected safely, three villagers were injured.

The Sukhoi 30 was first inducted into the IAF in 1997 and has been upgraded to suit the Indian conditions since then. It is manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, though it is originally Russian.

In 2010, an Indian Air Force MI-17 helicopter crashed around 10 kilometres from Tawang, killing all 12 defence personnel on board, according to a report in The Hindu. This was the third crash of Sukhoi - a frontal aircraft of the Air Force - in Rajasthan. Both the pilot and the co-pilot were safe.

In December 2011, the Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft crashed near Pune after having taken off from Lohegaon air base.

  • Leroy Wright