A Sukhoi 30 MK1 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force took off from the Tezpur Air Force station in Assam lost radio contact and went off-radar near China border in Arunachal Pradesh. Two pilots who were on board the plane have also been missing. The aircraft was on a daily routine. According to source the aircraft went missing around 11 am on Tuesday near Doulasang area of Arunachal Pradesh, which is a border area adjoining China.
The Sukhoi SU-30 is a front line aircraft and one of the Indian Air Force’s prime fighter jets.
It must be noted here that earlier on 19 May, 2015, a Sukhoi-30 fighter aircraft had crashed at Laokhowa in Nagaon district of Assam with both the pilot and co-pilot ejecting safely.
The SU-30 MKI aircraft is a twin cockpit multi- role all-weather, air superiority fighter with air – to – air refuelling capability. The aircraft, now being manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (Nasik), was originally designed and developed in Russia. The Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft was inducted into the Indian Air Force in 1997 and since then, the aircraft has been upgraded to suit IAF requirements.