Wreckage of missing Indian Air Force Sukhoi Su-30 jet found

The aircraft disappeared with two pilots onboard, at 70°03' N n 92°30' E near Kalaktang in West Kameng district in Arunachal Pradesh.

Wreckage of the Indian Air Force's Sukhoi-30 aircraft that went missing near China border on May 23 has been found.

While the search mission to find the missing Sukhoi was launched on Tuesday, it had to be halted on Wednesday due to bad weather conditions.

"Marginal weather prevailing in the area being searched is hampering and impeding the operation", an IAF statement had said.

It went missing near Doulasang area of Arunachal Pradesh, bordering China.

Ghosh told HT the wreckage has been located near the coordinates, about 60 km north of Tezpur town in north-central Assam, where the last contact with the fighter aircraft was made.

File picture of Indian Air Force's Sukhoi 30 fighter jet.

In addition, many ground parties of IAF, Indian Army and police have been deployed on different axes to search the area. "We have been following the situation in South Tibet very closely", he said, using the term China uses for Arunachal Pradesh which it has claims on.

The country's front line aircraft SU-30 MKI was inducted in Tezpur air base during the tenure of former IAF Vice Chief Air Marshal P K Barbora on June 15, 2009.

Earlier in March, a Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet crashed in Shivkar Kudla village in Rajasthan's Barmer.

  • Julie Sanders