A ground search and rescue party, consisting of Para (Special Forces) and Indian Air Force Garuds along with the army, reached Assam on Sunday, where Sukhoi-30 jet crashed, and recovered the aircraft’s Black Box.
On May 23, the aircraft lost contact, following which a massive search operation was launched to track the jet.
The aircraft was later found in a heavily forested area about 60 kilometers from Tezpur in Assam, where it went missing on Tuesday.
The Russian-made jet took off around 9:30 am on a routine training sortie and went off the radar near the Arunachal Pradesh’s Doulasang area, bordering China.
The Tezpur Air Force Station is 172 km from the China border.
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The aircraft was inducted in Tezpur air base in 2009. At present, Tezpur has two squadrons of SU-30 aircraft, each comprising of 12 to 16 aircraft.
Meanwhile, a Court of Inquiry has been instituted to investigate the cause of the accident.