Guwahati, June 12, 2019
A day after wreckage of the missing An-32 aircraft was spotted in the dense forests of a remote area in Arunachal Pradesh, a team comprising personnel from IAF, Army and civil mountaineers have been airlifted to a location close to the crash site.
As per information available, Mi17s and Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) of the Indian Army are being pressed into action for the rescue operations. Helicopters have been deployed for the aerial rescue operations. Meanwhile, ground forces have been continuing with their attempts to reach the crash site 16 kms North of Lipo in Arunachal.
The wreckage of the Russian-origin AN-32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force was spotted on June 11th, 2019 16 km north of Lipo in Arunachal Pradesh.
The AN-32 – an Antonov An-32 military transport aircraft – took off from Jorhat at around 12:25 with 13 people on board on June 3rd, 2019. The aircraft was scheduled to land in Arunachal Pradesh’s Mechuka airfield, also known as the Advanced Landing Ground (ALG). The aircraft last contacted ground operations at 1 pm. The Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground is located near the China border.
The Indian Air Force has been extensively using the An-32, a Soviet-designed twin-engine turboprop transport aircraft, for over four decades.
Meanwhile, Air Marshal RD Mathur, Air officer commanding-in-chief, Eastern Air Command, complimented the search team for their relentless effort spanning eight days.
Additionally, he thanked the state administration which, under the personal supervision of Pema Khandu, Chief Minister and Satya Gopal, Chief Secretary, Arunachal Pradesh, has extended unflinching support to the IAF towards locating the missing An-32.