Paying 'close attention' to incident of missing IAF jet: China

The Chinese military claimed on Thursday that it was paying attention to the incident in which an Indian Air Force fighter jet with two pilots on board went missing along the Sino-India border two days ago. The search for it was hit by rough weather on Wednesday.

Four ground teams of IAF personnel, nine of the Indian Army and two of state administration, were deployed on different axis to scour the area.

"Till now, no breakthrough has been made in locating the aircraft and its pilots", the Indian Air Force said. One SU-30 aircraft with recce capability is also being utilised for locating the plane.

"As for the situation you mentioned, I have no relevant information to offer at the moment", he added.

An Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi-30 fighter jet with two pilots on board went missing near the Indo-China border in Assam on Tuesday morning.

At the same time, he referred to the border dispute between India and China, saying that "first of all on the eastern section of the India-China border, China's position is consistent and clear".

The IAF said the search operation was continuing despite overcast sky and spells of rains and thundershowers in parts of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh where the SU-30 MKI plane is suspected to have crashed.

On March 16, three people were injured when another Sukhoi aircraft of the IAF had crashed near Barmer."A Sukhoi aircraft of Indian Air Force crashed near Barmer while on a routine training sortie". It lost radar and radio contact around 60 km northeast of the air base, following which authorities at Biswanath district, which borders Arunachal Pradesh, were informed. "Both pilots ejected safely", said Defence spokesperson Lt Col Manish Ojha.

  • Leroy Wright