Sunday, May 28, 2017

Ground parties yet to reach Su-30 wreckage in Assam

New Delhi: A day after the missing Sukhoi-30 fighter jet’s wreckage was found, efforts by search and rescue teams to reach the spot have been hampered by inclement weather, rugged terrain with a steep gradient and thick foliage, defence sources said on Saturday.
Indian Air Force (IAF) officials said the ground parties comprising IAF Special Force Garuds and Army’s Para Special Forces are however endeavouring to reach the crash site. The IAF has said the area is “totally inaccessible”.
“The progress is slow and painstaking, owing to the rugged terrain and thick undergrowth,” an IAF official said.
The wreckage of the Sukhoi-30 fighter jet, which went missing on May 23, was found on Friday during an aerial recce in a thick forest around 60 km from Tezpur in Assam.
A search for the flight data recorder and the two missing pilots will be conducted once the parties reach the spot.
27/05/17 Indileak