Arunachal Pradesh, June 1: The pilots of a Sukhoi-30 aircraft killed in a crash near Tezpur airbase last week as they were unable to initiate the ejection process, analysis of equipment recovered from the site has revealed.
Squadron leader D Pankaj and flight lieutenant S Achudev were killed on May 23, but the plane wreckage was located near Arunachal Pradesh’s Doulasang area only three days later.
Indian Air Force sources said the aircraft went off the radar at 11.10 am, about 40 minutes after it took off from the Tezpur airbase. The pilots were on a routine training mission as part of a two-aircraft formation.
A search-and-rescue operation was launched after it lost radar. Help was sought from both civil and military authorities, and an aerial search based on the last-known position of the aircraft was undertaken.