IAF confirms death of all 13 occupants of crashed AN-32 aircraft
Arunachal Pradesh: The Indian Air Force (IAF) has finally confirmed that all 13 persons who were boarding the AN-32 aircraft which crashed in Arunachal Pradesh last week have been killed.
The eight-member rescue team which managed to reach the crash site near Lipo did not find any trace of the survivors, said a Tweet post by the IAF in the noon. The families of the 13 personnel have been informed of the grim news later.
Earlier, to establish the status of the occupant of AN-32, at least 13 mountaineers from the IAF and the Indian Army along with two civilian mountaineers had been airdropped at the crash site on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, an IAF Mi-17 helicopter had spotted the wreckage of the missing aircraft near Lipo at an approximate elevation of 12,000 feet.
The AN-32 took off from Assam’s Jorhat base around 12.30 pm on June 3 for Mechuka in Shi Yomi district but never reached the destination. The aircraft’s last contacted the ground staff at 1 pm on the day of crash.