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Su-30 MKI fighter goes missing near China border, may have crashed

Defence News: An IAF Su-30MKI fighter has gone missing and may have crashed as per IAF officials. The aircraft was on a routine training sortie near Tezpur (Assam) when it’s contact with radars went offline.  The plane had its compliment of 2 pilots. The birds are deployed in Assam’s Tezpur airbase to check Chinese aggression.

IAF Sukhoi, Indian defence news

Representational Image; Su30-Mki at Aero India

“The Sukhoi aircraft went missing near Tezpur while on a routine training sortie when it lost contact with radars. Two pilots were on board the plane,” a senior IAF official said. On March 15, a Sukhoi-30 MKI jet had crashed in Shivkar Kudla village in Rajasthan’s Barmer district.  Three villagers were injured in the crash then.

Safety record of the Su30-MKI since 1997

Despite few accidents, the war bird has a good safety record and as it flies on two engines with ample safety features built in, it has a satisfactory safety record since July 1997 when the type took it’s first flight. The IAF has around 230 of these jets and it forms the backbone of the IAF. The aircraft is tailor-made for Indian specifications and integrates Indian systems and avionics as well as French and Israeli sub-systems.

As per TOI report:  Sonitpur district Deputy Commissioner Manoj Kumar Deka told reporters in Tezpur that the Air Force base had informed him that the Su-30 plane with two pilots had taken off from the airbase at 10.30 am for a regular sortie and lost contact with the IAF air traffic control over Dubia in nearby Gohpur. The Air Force, after carrying out a search on its network, informed the deputy commissioner about the incident. The DC said he then immediately alerted the neighboring district administrations about the missing plane. A search is on for the aircraft, he added.

We hope and wish the pilots are safe and would return home soon.

Written by Naroop Desai

Naroop Desai loves India and loves to write on defence matters. He has blogged on different subjects at different time. Now he is here with us, sharing his insights on strategy and peace. He is a PG in mass communications.

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