IAF’s Sukhoi 30-MKI Fighter Jet Crashes In Assam, Pilots Eject Safely

| May 19 , 2015 , 14:21 IST
[caption id="attachment_38300" align="aligncenter" width="761"]Representational image of Sukhoi 30-MKI Representational image of Sukhoi 30-MKI[/caption] Indian Air Force’s Sukhoi 30-MKI fighter jet crashed near Nagaon district of Assam on Tuesday. Pilots of the jet ejected safely and a court of enquiry was ordered to investigate the reason behind the accident. According to primary reports, the fighter aircraft took-off from Tezpur base of the IAF and crashed just 35 kilometres away from the airstrip. The Eastern Air Command confirmed that both the pilot and navigator ejected safely. Sources from the IAF said that the crash took place around 12:30 pm due to a technical snag. The aircraft was on a routine flying. "A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident," Group Captain Amit Mahajan, spokesman of the IAF said. The IAF has 272 Sukhoi 30-MKI fighter jets which was grounded for one months following a crash near Pune district of Maharashtra last year.