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Sukhoi Jet Crash: Air Force Says Two Pilots Died Due to Injuries

The two pilots of the Sukhoi jet that had crashed after taking off from Tezpur in Assam suffered fatal injuries, the Indian Air Force said on Wednesday, five days after the wreckage of the aircraft was found.

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Updated:May 31, 2017, 9:43 PM IST
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Sukhoi Jet Crash: Air Force Says Two Pilots Died Due to Injuries
The wreckage of the Sukhoi-30 MKI jet was found on May 26 in a dense forest area in Arunachal Pradesh. (TV Grab)

New Delhi: The two pilots of the Sukhoi jet that had crashed after taking off from Tezpur in Assam suffered fatal injuries, the Indian Air Force said on Wednesday, five days after the wreckage of the aircraft was found.

Squadron Leader D Pankaj and Flight Lt S Achudev could not initiate ejection before the crash that occurred 60km from Tezpur Airbase on May 23, the IAF said.

The plane had taken off from Tezpur airbase at around 10:30am on May 23 and had gone off the radar around 11:10 am. It was on a routine training mission as part of a two-aircraft formation.

The wreckage of the Sukhoi-30 MKI jet was found on May 26 in a dense forest area in Arunachal Pradesh after a three- day search operation.

“Analysis of the flight data recorder (black box) of the aircraft and certain other articles recovered from the crash site revealed that the pilots could not initiate ejection before the crash,” IAF spokesperson Anupam Banerjee said.

The plane had taken off from Tezpur airbase at around 10:30am on May 23 and had gone off the radar around 11:10 am. It was on a routine training mission as part of a two-aircraft formation.

The wreckage of the jet was spotted from air on Friday, and search teams could reach the crash site only on Sunday due to inclement weather after which the black box was recovered.

The IAF has ordered a court of inquiry to investigate the cause of the accident.

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