Sukhoi-30 jet crash: Unable to initiate ejection, both pilots died due to fatal injuries

The two Sukhoi pilots suffered fatal injuries after they were unable to initiate ejection before the crash.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 31, 2017 9:54 pm
Indian Air Force, missing Sukhoi jet, Sukhoi pilots found dead, Tezpur airbase The plane was part of a two-aircraft formation when it went missing.(ANI Photo)

The Indian Air Force on Wednesday confirmed that the two pilots of the Sukhoi jet that crashed last week did not survive. The Su-30 aircraft went missing on May 23 and then found approximately 60 kilometres from the Tezpur Airbase near the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border. After analysing the Flight Data Recorder of the aircraft and locating other articles from the crash site, authorities confirmed Squadron Leader D Pankaj and Flight Lt S Achudev suffered fatal injuries after they were unable to initiate ejection before the crash. A Court of Inquiry had already been ordered.

Search and rescue teams, comprising of the Army, IAF and civil administrative personnel found a blood stained shoe, half-burnt PAN card and a wallet belonging to one of the two pilots on Tuesday. Earlier, through an aerial recce, teams had found wreckage from the crash, after which they recovered the aircraft’s blackbox from the site. The jet crashed in a dense forest near the border, and incessant rain, dense clouds and difficult terrain made it difficult to conduct search operations in air or on the ground.

Read: Pilot’s blood stained shoe, other belongings found. Click here.

The Su-30, which had taken off from the Tezpur air base at around 10.30 am on a routine training mission on May 23, lost radar and radio contact with the controlling station.

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    viswanath veeranna
    Jun 3, 2017 at 11:04 am
    Saddens to see people making such downright cheap and condemnable comments.
    1. R
      Jun 1, 2017 at 6:10 am
      Ejection Seats not used should be a matter of Grave Concern to India India also needs to look into / just in case if Chinese or their spies are stationed close to Indian Air Bases for any EW / EMP attacks on our Fighter Planes. Does India have any of these counter measure wings like EW/ Cyber/ EMP attack wings, if not another reason of concern it should be for our country. God only knows , whatever is happening to our KALI Project
      1. P
        Jun 1, 2017 at 5:05 am
        When commission and kickbacks decide purchase decisions what we get is sub standard aircrafts and those with manufacturing defects.allow the politicians of India to fly these coffins .Yong men find some better job.
        1. B
          Jun 1, 2017 at 3:29 am
          Aadhar card was missing in the recovered pilots' belongings. It is exactly for this reason that Aadhar card is a must. If the pilots had had the Aadhar card the ejection mechanism would have definitely worked and both the brace hearts would have been saved. I think both are brahmin brave hearts. WHO IS THAT I D I O T WHO SAID BRAHMINS DON'T SACRIFICE THEMSELVES FIGHTING THE ENEMY. SEE HERE, BRAHMINS HAVE SACRIFICED WITHOUT EVEN FIGHTING THE ENEMY. Anyways, when is the next flight?
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            viswanath veeranna
            Jun 5, 2017 at 2:43 pm
            This comment needs to be condemned. They are irresponsible, arrogant and uneducated comments. Culture, this is unknown to this person. Absolutely shameful and downright cowardly. He has shamed the sacrifices of these young officers and dishonored them. These bravehearts laid down their lives unmindful of anything other than service to the nation. And here is this person who should not even be compared to an animal, bringing "caste" considerations. Out with such filthy minded souls. Our great nation will survive such narrow minded, petty and parochial thinkng personalities. This man even had the audacity to look into the caste background of these finest young men !
          2. M
            Jun 1, 2017 at 2:48 am
            For the current govt and insane people commented below, life of two soldiers doesn't seem worthy. Only 60km from air Force Base and it took them 5 days to locate crash site! If it would have been beef crash, Modi's so called Gau raksashas could have been there within 5 minutes. Must have senior officers sold genuine Sukhoi parts in market for duplicates. Worst govt, senior officers and evil Sanghi daityas ruining country.
            1. S
              Jun 1, 2017 at 12:27 am
              Again, Another loss of Rs 800 crore out of tax payers hard earned money.
              1. A
                Anand Drivedi
                Jun 1, 2017 at 12:20 am
                Indian Airforce Pilots do not know how to fly.
                1. L
                  May 31, 2017 at 11:08 pm
                  I don't buy this. How can pilots not be able to eject and where are the bodies? I believe pilots just ditched the plane and defected to China for better life.
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