India’s fighter plane Sukhoi goes missing near China border; two pilots on board missing


Radhika Dhawad | May 23, 2017 18:15

Sukhoi
Su-30MKI

Indian Air Force’s fighter aircraft Sukhoi Su-30MKI went missing today (May 23) during its routine mission in Assam. The Tezpur Air Force station in Assam is located 172 km from the China border.

The Russia-made fighter jet, with two pilots on board, took off from Salonibari in Assam at 10.30am today.

 A source from the Indian Air Force (IAF) said, “A Su-30 aircraft airborne today on a routine training mission, lost radar and radio contact approximately 60km North of Tejpur in Assam. The aircraft is overdue and actions have been initiated.”

The missing fighter aircraft, which is the mainstay, is the most modern fighter aircraft in the IAF stock. India, in a contract with Russia, inducted 240 aircrafts out of 272 so far. Since their induction in 1997, seven aircrafts have crashed.