ABDUL RAZZAK/ SANJAY PAREEK
Itanagar, June 12, 2019
A team of 15 men including IAF personnel, army troops and local mountaineers was air dropped at the AN-32 aircraft wreckage site on June 12th, 2019 morning, sources said. On the other hand, 15 mountaineers have also been inducted by Mi-17s and ALH helicopters with all equipment. They have yet to reach the site.
The rescue operation at the site at 12,000 feet in Arunachal Pradesh has been called off due to inclement weather on June 12th, 2019. The teams airdropped near the site, who will resume the operation on June 13th, 2019, morning again, will be camping overnight due to difficult terrain and inclement weather.
The rescue teams hope to identify the 13 Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel who were onboard the An-32 aircraft that went missing more than a week ago.
The wreckage of the AN-32 of the IAF, which went missing on June 3rd, 2019, was spotted after eight days of the incident. 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.
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.