Itanagar, June 9, 2019
The Indian Air Force(IAF) has announced a cash award of Rs 5 lakh for anyone who can provide any information about the Russian-origin An-32 aircraft that went missing in Arunachal Pradesh on June 3rd, 2019 after it took off from the Jorhat airbase in Assam with 13 on board.
A massive search operation including an aerial survey has been conducted by the IAF for 6 days now amid the inclement weather affecting the search and rescue efforts.
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Air Command Air Marshal RD Mathu made the case reward announcement and further released phone numbers wherever people with information can contact the air force. The numbers are– 0378-3222164, 9436499477, 9402077267 and 9402132477.
As per reports, various agencies including ISRO were roped in to enhance the search operations but there has been no breakthrough as yet. The IAF has deployed four Mi-17 helicopters, three advanced light helicopters, two Sukhoi-30 aircraft, one C-130 transporter aircraft and one Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) of the Army.
It may be mentioned that the aircraft which took off from the Jorhat airbase was scheduled to land in Arunachal Pradesh’s Mechuka airfield, also known as the Advanced Landing Ground (ALG).
Mechuka is a small town nestled 6,000 feet above sea level in the Mechuka Valley in West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh and is only 29 kilometres away from Indo-China border. The Indian Air Force airstrip is used frequently to bring in vital supplies from cities in Assam via Antonov-32 aircraft and helicopters.