AN-32: All 13 people on board dead, informs IAF

Indian Air Force officials said that a team of rescuers reached the site where the AN-32 aircraft crashed on Thursday morning.

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New Delhi: All 13 people on board the AN-32 aircraft which crashed in a remote area in Arunachal Pradesh are dead, officials said. “IAF is sad to inform that there are no survivors from the crash of An32,” the air force tweeted on Thursday.

The Indian Air Force officials said a team of rescuers reached the crash site on Thursday morning.

The IAF informed that these air-warriors had lost their lives in the crash: wing commander GM Charles, squadron leader H Vinod, flight lieutenants R Thapa, A Tanwar, S Mohanty, MK Garg, warrant officer KK Mishra, Sgt Anoop Kumar, corporal Sherin, Leading Air Craftsmen SK Singh and Pankaj, non-combatant enrolled Putali and non-combatant enrolled Rajesh Kumar.

AN-32 aircraft was found on 12 June

The wreckage of the AN-32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force was spotted on 11 June 16 km north of Lipo in Arunachal Pradesh.

This aircraft was missing for eight days after taking off from Assam’s Jorhat.

The AN-32 had 13 people on board and the IAF had said efforts were on to establish the status of the occupants.

“The wreckage of the aircraft was spotted today 16 km north of Lipo, northeast of Tato at an approximate elevation of 12,000 ft by the IAF Mi-17 helicopter undertaking search in the expanded search zone,” the IAF had said in a statement.

The Russian-origin AN-32 aircraft had lost contact with the control room in the afternoon of 3 June after taking off from Jorhat for Menchuka advanced landing ground near the border with China.

A total of eight aircrew members and five passengers were on board the Airbus.

The AN-32 is a twin-engine turboprop transport Airbus and the IAF currently operates a sizeable number of it.

The IAF launched a massive operation to trace the missing Airbus but the search was badly hit by poor weather conditions.

The assets deployed for the operation included a Sukhoi-30 Airbus in addition to a fleet of C-130J, Aircraft planes, Mi-17 and ALH helicopters. The ground forces included troops from the Army, Indo Tibetan Border Police and state police.

IAF officials said the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Cartosat and RISAT satellites had captured images of the area around Mechuka to help the rescuers find the plane.