On Wednesday May 30th the Ministry of Defense of India officially confirmed the death of two pilots of the Su-30 fighter of the country’s air force, which crashed on May 23th in Indian state Assam.
“Pilots of the Su-30 Major D. Pankaj and Lieutenant S. Achudev received mortal injuries when the plane fell about 60 kilometers from Tezpur air base,” the defense department said.
Analysis of the parametric registrar “and a number of other objects found at the crash site” showed that the pilots were unable to activate the eject mechanism, the ministry added.
The fighter disappeared on May 23th during a training flight. Radio communication with the fighter was lost when it was 60 kilometers north of the city of Tezpur, Assam. The crash site was about 150 kilometers from the border with China. Fragments of the fighter were found on May 26th after a 3-day search operation, but rescuers could not reach the crash site, as their travel was hampered by bad weather conditions, as well as the fact that the plane disappeared over the woodland.