Two pilots confirmed dead in Sukhoi jet crash

Vastavam web: The two pilots of the Sukhoi jet that had crashed after taking off from Tezpur in Assam suffered fatal injuries, the Indian Air Force today said five days after the wreckage of the plane was found.Squadron Leader D Pankaj, 36 and Flight Lt S Achudev, 26 could not initiate ejection before the crash that occurred 60 kms from Tezpur Airbase on May 23, the IAF said. Pankaj’s age was 36 and Achudev’s 26.”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 10:30 am on May 23 and had gone off the radar around 11:10 am.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, according to Wing Commander Banerjee. A frontline fighter jet, SU-30 MKI aircraft were deployed in the Tezpur airbase on June 15, 2009 for guarding the Sino- India frontier in Arunachal Pradesh.