Wreckage of Sukhoi aircraft missing in Assam found in forested area

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Tezpur: File picture of Indian Air Force's Sukhoi 30 plane. While the aircraft has been found, there is no news about the aircrew that was flying the jet. The ruins of the aircraft were found 60 km north-west of Tezpur, Assam.

While the search and rescue operation for the aircraft and the missing crew was initiated within hours, it was hampered by incessant rain and dense clouds. There are, however, no signs of the two pilots yet.

Last location of the flight was detected at Dubia, under Gohpur subdivision, of Biswanath district of Assam. However, bad weather acted as an impediment.

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A massive search operation was launched to trace the plane and the pilots, aged between 25 and 30, according to Lt. Col. Sombit Ghosh, the spokesperson of the Army's IV Corps. Search parties of both the IAF and the Army have already headed for the area where the aircraft was declared missing, " the IAF statement said. "A court of inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of the accident", IAF spokesperson Wing Commander Anupam Banerjee told PTI here.

The country's frontline SU-30 MKI aircraft were deployed in the Tezpur airbase on June 15, 2009 for guarding the Sino- India frontier in Arunachal Pradesh. At present, Tezpur has two squadrons of the Su-30, with each squadron having 12 to 16 aircraft. This is the eighth case of a Sukhoi crash since its induction. Ground parties standing by to be airdropped to site as area is inaccessible. This is the 8th reported crash of the Sukhoi-30MKI, which is the latest and the most potent fighter in the IAF's combat fleet.