IAF Sukhoi-30 crashes in Assam, pilots eject safely

Tezpur | The Indian Air Force’s Sukhoi-30 fighter jet crashed on the surface minutes after it took off in Tezpur region of Assam.

The two pilots ejected safely and have been rescued.

A senior IAF official said fighter jet was on a routine training mission and crashed in Tezpur’s local flying area.

The crash was estimated around 8:15 PM, but the pilots raised complaints regarding the engine soon after takeoff.

The Sukhoi crash comes months after the tragic crash of the IAF’s transport carrier An-32 crashed in Arunachal Pradesh in June. Twenty-six people including IAF personnel were killed in this crash.

Sukhoi-30s are IAF’s frontline fighters in the air but the government in the past has admitted it faces engine crisis. They have crashed earlier before, the pilots ejecting safely.

The IAF has announced that there will be a court of inquiry to ascertain the cause of the accident.

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