Guwahati, June 5, 2019
The search operation for the missing Indian Air Force AN-32 transport continued for thrid day. Inclement weather affected the search and rescue efforts. However, an aerial survey to locate the missing aircraft resumed on the June 5th, 2019 evening after the weather improved.
“A C130J four-engine turboprop transport aircraft, a Sukhoi Su-30, two Mi-17 helicopters and two Advanced Light Helicopters — one from the Army — have resumed the search and rescue operation,” Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh, Shillong-based IAF spokesperson, said as quoted by The Hindu.
All the 13 on board people of the missing Indian Air Force AN-32 transport aircraft have been identified. They are Flight Lieutenant M Garg, Wing Commander Charles, Flight Lieutenant Mohanty, Flight Lieutenant Tanwar, Squadron Leader Vinod, Flight Lieutenant Thapa, Sergeant Anoop, Sharin, KK Mishra, Pankaj, SK Singh, Rajesh Kumar and Putali.
The AN-32 aircraft – an Antonov An-32 military transport aircraft went missing after it took off from the Jorhat airbase in Assam on June 3rd, 2019 at around 12:25 pm with 13 people on board.
The aircraft was scheduled to land in Arunachal Pradesh’s Mechuka airfield, also known as the Advanced Landing Ground (ALG). After the AN-32 did not reach Mechuka, the IAF has initiated the “overdue action”.
The IAF has initiated action after the AN-32 did not reach Mechuka Advance Landing Ground. A total of eight crew and five passengers are onboard the aircraft. It is reported that the aircraft last contacted ground operations at 1 pm. The Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground is located near the China border.