IAF AN-32 Crash: Bodies Of 6, Remains Of 7 Others Recovered In Arunachal Pradesh

New Delhi: 6 bodies and remains of 7 others have been recovered from the site where an Indian Air Force (IAF) AN-32 aircraft crashed in the mountainous terrains of Arunachal Pradesh earlier this month.

The wreckage of the missing aircraft was located by a Mi-17 helicopter on June 11, following which a massive operation to search for the bodies or possible survivors was launched. Thirteen IAF personnel were on the aircraft.

Teams of Air Force and Army personnel, local mountaineers searched the site where the debris of the aircraft was found. The search operation was extremely challenging because of the inhospitable terrain, incessant rain and lack of roads.

The plane, a Soviet-designed twin-engine turboprop transport aircraft, had vanished from the radar around 1 pm on June 3 while flying from Assam’s Jorhat to Mechuka, a military landing strip in Arunachal.

Two days after searching the wreckage, the Indian Air Force said there were “no survivors” from the An-32 crash.

The debris was found in the mountains at a height of around 12,000 feet. It was apparent that the An-32 had crashed into a mountain amid bad weather and poor visibility because of clouds.

The bodies and the remains will be taken to the Air Force base in Jorhat.

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