Wreckage of IAF's missing Sukhoi-30 found, no word on pilots

According to the reports after three days of a massive search operation debris was found in the dense forest region near China border. PTI file

Search operations were underway since the day the jet went missing.

The Sukhoi-30 which went missing few days back following which a massive search operation was undertaken by the army has found the wreckage of the missing jet in a dense forest near Tezpur in Assam.

Indian authorities deployed a C-130 aircraft with electro-optical payload, Su-30 aircraft with recce capability, four ground parties of IAF personnel, nine parties of Indian Army and two parties of state administration to locate the jet.

"The ground parties are standing by to be airlifted to the crash site, around 60-km northwest of Tezpur, since the area is totally inaccessible".

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The aircraft had taken off from IAF base in Tezpur at 10:30 am on 23rd May.

The wreckage Air Force Sukhoi Su-30MKI jet that went missing on May 23 has been found on Friday. "If a request comes, China will offer assistance from a humanitarian perspective", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said to a question on what it would say if India asks for assistance in the search for the missing pilots.

Indian Air Force today ordered an inquiry to investigate the crashed Sukhoi jet, whose wreckage was found today near Assam. The IAF station here is strategically-located as it lies surrounded by China, Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh.

The search for the two pilots, a squadron leader and flight lieutenant, and the flight data recorder will be undertaken by the ground parties once they reach the crash site. The Tezpur incident is the eighth crash of the Su-30 MKI fighters in the last eight years.

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