IAF’s AN-32 crash: No survivors found, Air Force recovers aircraft’s black box

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Updated: June 13, 2019 5:10:18 PM

The families of the 13 personnel onboard have been informed that there are no survivors.

IAF AN-32 crash, indian air force, AN-32 transport aircraft, latest updates on IAF AN-32 crash, AN32 crashIntensive planning was done by the IAF to induct them for search and rescue (SAR) mission on foot to look for any survivors and other things. (PTI photo)

Indian Air Force has finally confirmed that there are no survivors from the crashed AN-32 transport aircraft.

The IAF has confirmed that there are no survivors from the ill-fated AN-32 transport aircraft which went missing on June 3. The families of the 13 personnel onboard have been informed that there are no survivors.

According to sources the Black Box of the crashed aircraft has been located and also the bodies of the 13 personnel on board and arrangements are being made to get the bodies back to New Delhi.

The 13 personnel on board have been identified as Wing Commander GM Charles, Squadron Leader H Vinod, Flight Lieutenants R Thapa, A Tanwar, S Mohanty and MK Garg, Warrant Officer KK Mishra, Sergant Anoop Kumar, Corporal Sherin, Leading Aircraftmen SK Singh and Pankaj, and Non Combatant Enrolled Putali and Rajesh Kumar.

Yesterday, a team of mountaineers from IAF (nine), Indian Army (four) and local civil mountaineers (two)were airlifted to the crash site of the AN-32, in the Mi-17 helicopter and Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) of both the Indian Army and the IAF.

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Intensive planning was done by the IAF to induct them for search and rescue (SAR) mission on foot to look for any survivors and other things. However, according to some who are familiar with the terrain, “the search was not easy in the area which has dense foliage as well as treacherous terrain. Some trekkers had managed to reach the location of the crash.”

Last evening he IAF had announced that some of the trekkers’ had reached the crash site and the others in the search party were still tracking.

Earlier this week after nine days of an intensive search, the wreckage of the missing AN-32 aircraft was spotted by an IAF Mi-17 helicopter crew in the Pari Adi hills, between Shi Yomi and Siang districts in Arunachal Pradesh.

It was around 13 km from Gate village in Siang district, and 16 km north of Lipo in Shi Yomi district, and at an elevation of 12,000 feet. On June 3, the missing plane had taken off from Jorhat, Assam and had lost control at Payum. Onboard were 13 people including six officers and seven airmen of the IAF.

Last week due to heavy rains Molo-Kaying road was washed away and this created problems for the teams on foot, explain an officer familiar with the terrain.

Besides the teams sent in by the IAF, five ground teams sent in by the local administration were sent on the SAR mission. Until Wednesday night, five hunters who were sent by the Siang administration have yet to report back.

This SAR mission was carried out jointly where along with satellites of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the IAF, Indian Army and the Indian Navy has deployed their machines and men to locate the missing aircraft.

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