IAF Sukhoi-30 went missing near China border; rescue mission halted due to bad weather
Source :News Bharati English   Date :24-May-2017

Tezpur, May 24: Indian aircraft Sukhoi-30MK went missing yesterday when it was on a routine training mission.  It took its flight from Tezpur Airbase on Tuesday morning.  It has lost radio and radar contact with controlling station.  Two pilots aged between 25 to 30 were on board.  The last reported position of the aircraft was 60 km northwest off Tezpur.

The flight took off around 9.30 a.m. The weather condition of the area was not good during that time. It is being predicted the accident took place due to bad weather condition.  After taking off, it went northwards. Search operations have been already launched to track a trace of the fighter jet. Indian Air force team has sent rescue teams already. It was near Arunachal when it lost the contact. The area is very near to China Border.  On Wednesday morning ANI reported the rescue mission for the missing Sukhoi-30 aircraft due to bad weather.

This twinjet has been developed by Russia's Sukhoi and it was built under a deal with Russia in 2000 to manufacture 140 Su-30 fighter jets. It is a heavy, all-weather, long-range fighter. Back in March, an SU-30 jet crashed in Rajasthan’s Barmer district. Since 1997, seven Sukhoi-30 fighter planes have crashed.