IAF announces ₹ 5 lakh award for info on missing AN-32

New Delhi: The Indian Air Force (IAF) has announced a cash reward of Rs ₹ 5 lakh for information on the An-32 aircraft that went missing in Arunachal Pradesh after taking off from Assam’s Jorhat on June 3.

Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Air Command Air Marshal R D Mathur made the announcement on Saturday of the cash reward as the aircraft could not be located even after six days of a massive search operation. Resources from various agencies including ISRO were brought in to enhance the effectiveness of the search operations but no breakthrough has been made yet.

IAF announces ₹ 5 lakh award for info on missing AN-32
Odisha-origin pilot Flight Lieutenant Sumit Mohanty was on AN-32 and is missing as of now (Courtesy: Knews Odisha)

Air Marshal made the announcement along with a few numbers which people can use to contact the air force and provide any updates about the missing plane. The numbers are 0378-3222164, 9436499477, 9402077267 and 9402132477.

The Russian-origin AN-32 transport aircraft took off from Assam’s Jorhat at 12.27 pm last Monday for the Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground in Shi-Yomi district of Arunachal Pradesh.

IAF announces ₹ 5 lakh award for info on missing AN-32

However, it lost contact with ground control by 1 pm. Eight crew members and five passengers were onboard the aircraft.

Odisha-origin pilot Flight Lieutenant Sumit Mohanty was on also on-board. His family hails from Aska in Ganjam district of Odisha. Newly elected Aska MP Pramila Bisoyi has urged Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in expediting the search operation in a letter.

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