Thursday, June 01, 2017

Sukhoi-30 crash: Pilots onboard IAF aircraft confirmed dead, were unable to eject on time

The two pilots on board an Indian Air Force Sukhoi-30 aircraft that went missing near China border on May 23, sustained fatal injuries says a report.
The wreckage of the aircraft which crashed around 60km from Tezpur airbase in Assam was found on May 26 after a massive search operation.
Analysis of the Flight Data Recorder of the aircraft and of other articles recovered from the crash site reveal that the pilots- Squadron Leader D Pankaj and Flight Lieutenant S Achudev were unable to eject before the crash.
The Su-30 aircraft took off around 1030 hrs on May 23 and had gone off the radar around 1110 hrs, when it was around 60kms from Tezpur. The aircraft was on a routine training mission as part of a two aircraft formation.
The aircraft was declared overdue and rescue operations were launched to locate the aircraft and the pilots. Help from civil administration and military authorities was also sought to locate the aircraft. Aerial search was commenced based on the last known position of the Su-30 MKI.
31/05/17 Manjeet Singh Negi/India Today