Guwahati, June 6, 2019
As Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Ashish Tanwar (29) went missing along with the Indian Air Force AN-32 aircraft, Tanwar’s wife Sandhya saw the things up and close as she was on duty at the IAF Air Traffic Control (ATC) in Jorhat, Assam on June 3rd, 2019.
Sandhya, who hails from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh was on duty when the aircraft took off from Jorhat airbase at around 12:25 pm for an advanced landing at Mechuka in Arunachal Pradesh and at around 1 pm, the ATC lost contact with the flight.
Ashish who is a local of Panwal in Haryana joined the IAF in the year 2013 and on May 2015 after completing his training, he moved to Jorhat district of Assam. Sandhya and Ashish got married in February 2018 and the latter joined the IAF last year.
State police force along with Army & Air force has been mobilized to locate the missing @IAF_MCC AN-32 Aircraft that was bound for Mechuka on Monday. The search operation covering four district spread around 2500 sqkm is being intensified. Praying for success of search operation.
— Pema Khandu (@PemaKhanduBJP) June 6, 2019
The couple visited their home in Palwal on May 2nd, 2019 and on May 18th, 2019, the couple flew to Bangkok for a holiday and from there they directly flew to Assam.
On the other hand, IAF Flight Lieutenant Mohit Garg (27) from Patiala district in Punjab is also among the 13 missing people. Garg tied the knot a year ago to a Jalandhar girl, who works in a bank in Assam, as per media reports.
The total of 13 people who were on board in the missing IAF aircraft have been identified as: Flight Lieutenant 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 aircraft – an Antonov An-32 military transport aircraft – was scheduled to land in Arunachal Pradesh’s Mechuka airfield, also known as the Advanced Landing Ground on June 3rd, 2019 at 2 pm.
Search operations are also going on to detect the aircraft and a C130J four-engine turboprop transport aircraft, a Sukhoi Su-30, two Mi-17 helicopters and two Advanced Light Helicopters — one from the Army are engaged in the search operations.