A team of Indian Air Force (IAF) officials has come across the debris of missing IAF jet AN-32 that went off the radar on June 3. The jet was carrying 13 passengers from Assam’s Jorhat to a remote base in Arunachal Pradesh when it went missing around 12:25 pm, half an hour after it took off. The location of parts of the aircraft is Siang district in Arunachal Pradesh, 15-20 kilometers north of the flight path of the AN-32 aircraft. The Air Force’s MI-17 helicopter found the wreckage. The IAF had announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh on Saturday to anyone providing information about the location of the AN-32 aircraft.
The IAF has confirmed that wreckage of the missing AN-32 was spotted north of Lipo in Arunachal Pradesh through their tweet.
The tweet says :
The statement, however, does not give any information on the 13 people travelling in the jet. Family members of the missing people who were onboard the jet have been stationed in Assam in anticipation of any news about the jet or its passengers. Intense search operations have been going on in the area ever since the IAF jet went missing last week, but the operations had to be called off due to bad weather conditions for two days early this week while ground operations continued in the mountainous area. IAF chopper teams were involved in this mission.
However, through their latest tweet, the Indian Air Force assured that the efforts are now continuing to establish the status of occupants & establish survivors. Further details will be communicated as the recovery actions progress.
Bureau News, Kokan Now, New Delhi.