Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Sukhoi-30 fighter jet crash: Pilot's blood stained shoe, other belongings found

Sukhoi-30


Search and rescue teams on Tuesday found a blood-stained shoe, half-burnt PAN card and a wallet of one of the two pilots of the IAF's Sukhoi-30 fighter jet that crashed near the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border last week, officials said.

But there was no trace of squadron leader Devesh Pankaj and flight lieutenant Achuth Dev who were flying the Russian-made Su-30.

“It has been a week since the crash. We request the authorities to deploy additional personnel and intensify search operations,” Dev’s father PV Sahadevan said.

The wreckage of the fighter jet, which went missing on May 23, was found on May 26 through aerial recce, in a thick forest around 60 km from Tezpur city.

The Su-30 had taken off from the Tezpur air base, around 10.30 a.m. on a routine training mission but lost radar and radio contact with the controlling station around 11.10 a.m. near Arunachal Pradesh's Doulasang area, adjoining China.





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