Search underway for lost IAF AN-32 in Arunachal Pradesh
New Delhi: Search and rescue operations to locate AN-32 of the Indian Air Force (IAF) that went missing on Monday started again Tuesday morning in the hilly terrain of Arunachal Pradesh. As many as 13 people were onboard transport aircraft.
The AN-32 twin-engine turboprop plane took off from Assam’s Jorhat with 13 people on board at 12:27 pm. It was scheduled to land an hour later at a remote military landing strip in Mechuka in neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh.
The weather in the region and possibly along the flight path was turbulent on Monday, officials said. The aircraft last had contact with ground crew at 1 pm, sources told NDTV. There were six officers, five airmen and two non-combatants on the aircraft.
The IAF has initiated an overdue action and employed all its resources to locate the AN-32. A Sukhoi-30MKI, C-130 Special Operations aircraft were deployed on a search mission.