Bodies of the missing Air force pilots recovered after eight days

May 31, 2017, 10:57 pm

Tezpur (Assam):After eight days  of intensive  search operations in the  dense jungles along Assam _Arunachal  Pradesh border  the   bodies of  Air force  pilots Sqn Ldr D Pankaj and Flt Lt S Achudev,   were recovered  today. 

Defence spokesperson Lt .Col.Sombit Ghosh said that analysis of the Flight Data Recorder of the aircraft and certain other articles recovered from the crash site revealed that the pilots could not initiate ejection before the crash. The wreckage of the aircraft was earlier located on May 26 after continuous search operation in the area.

The Su-30 aircraft took off around 10.30 am on May 23 and had gone off the radar and lost radio contact around 11.10 am when the   aircraft was around 60 Kms from north west Tezpur. The aircraft was on a routine training mission as part of a two aircraft formation.

The aircraft was declared overdue and Search 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 commenced based on the last known position of the Su-30 MKI. However, incessant rain, dense clouds and difficult terrain hampered the search operations in air and on the ground. 

A court of Inquiry has already been ordered to investigate the cause of the crash, he added.

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