Guwahati, June 30, 2019
The Indian Air Force (IAF) on June 29th, 2019 retrieved all the members of the mountaineering rescue team from the site where the AN-32 aircraft had crashed in Along located in Arunachal Pradesh.
The search and rescue team comprising of 15 persons, 8 from IAF (including 2 officers), 4 from the Indian Army (including 1 officer) and 3 civilians were recovered using ALH and Mi-17V5 helicopters. They were camping at the crash site since June 12th, 2019.
The effort to retrieve the team was delayed due to inclement weather and rain which improved slightly on June 29th, 2019 in the evening hours which made the helicopter operations less risky and thus, the members were rescued.
Informing this, IAF took to their Twitter handle and wrote, “The 15 member team comprising of 8 from #IAF, 4 from #ARMY & 3 civilians were recovered using ALH & Mi-17V5 helicopters. All are fit & in good health (sic).”
It may be mentioned, the AN-32 aircraft – an Antonov An-32 military transport aircraft – went missing after it took off from the Jorhat airbase in Assam on the afternoon of June 3rd, 2019. The aircraft was scheduled to land in Arunachal Pradesh’s Mechuka airfield, also known as the Advanced Landing Ground.
On June 11th, 2019, the wreckage of the plane was found in Arunachal Pradesh’s Lipo and since then rescue teams were airlifted to a location close to the crash site to retrieve the dead bodies of the 13 brave air warriors and on June 20th, 2019 the fallen warriors were brought to Jorhat airbase and were paid tributes.