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Sun, 16 Jun 2019

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IAF locates wreckage of missing AN-32 aircraft in Arunachal Pradesh

IAF locates wreckage of missing AN-32 aircraft in Arunachal Pradesh
June 11
16:14 2019

NET Bureau

An Mi-17 helicopter search team on Tuesday found the wreckage of the missing AN-32 transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force. The wreckage was located 16 kilometres north of Lipo area, Northeast of Tato in Arunachal Pradesh at an approximate elevation of 12,000 feet, the air force said in a tweet.

The IAF said that the helicopter is now on a search mission in the expanded search zone. “Efforts are now continuing to establish the status of occupants & establish survivors,” the Indian Air Force said. “Further details will be communicated as the recovery actions progress.”

On June 3, the transporter aircraft, with 13 people on board, went missing 33 minutes after taking off from Jorhat. It was heading to Menchuka in Arunachal Pradesh, near the China border.

The Air Force, Navy, Army, local police, state government, paramilitary forces and the local residents were involved in the search operation. The Indian Air Force deployed helicopters, transport aircraft, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and other sensors, along with Navy’s P8I aircraft. Electronic, radar, optical and infrared sensors, including satellites, were also used to scan the area. On Sunday, seven mountaineers, including two who have scaled Mount Everest, joined the search.

The IAF had announced a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh for information on the missing plane.

 

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