No Sign Of Survivors In AN-32 Aircraft Crash, Confirms IAF


Guwahati, June 13, 2019

The Indian Air Force(IAF) on June 13th, 2019 confirmed that there were no survivors in its An-32 aircraft crash, the wreckage of the plane was found in Arunachal Pradesh’s Lipo on June 11th, 2019.

It may be mentioned that an 8-member team of rescuers was airdropped to the crash site on June 12th, 2019 for a search operation to look for possible survivors.

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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 of 15 men including IAF personnel, army troops and local mountaineers was airlifted to a location close to the crash site but could not go further due to poor light and waited for the daylight.

All the 13 onboard 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.

Meanwhile, the IAF has paid tributes to the air-warriors who lost their lives in the tragic plane crash.

It may be mentioned that 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 (ALG).

Meanwhile, the security forces have recovered the An-32’s black box from the crash site in Arunachal Pradesh which includes the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder. This box is reported to help carry investigation further into the crash.

The flight data recorder which can store up to 30 parameters is reported to help assess the possibility of the crash, also the cockpit voice recorder can cater the details of the conversations the pilot had with the ground staff before the crash.

As per reports, choppers will be used to ferry the mortal remains of the IAF personnel from the crash site in Arunachal Pradesh.