AN-32 aircraft with 13 on board goes missing, search operations underway: Indian Air Force
Earlier, media reports suggested having spotted the wreckage of AN-32 near Payam in Arunachal Pradesh. However, the IAF has denied those claims
June 03, 2019 / 08:49 PM IST
Search operations to locate the missing AN-32 aircraft are underway as the Indian Air Force (IAF) is coordinating with Indian Army, various government and civil agencies, Media Coordination Centre of the IAF has tweeted.
"Search operations will continue from air and by ground parties of Indian Army through the night", the tweet said further.
Earlier, media reports suggested having spotted the wreckage of AN-32 near Payam in Arunachal Pradesh. However, the IAF has denied those claims.
13 people – eight belonging to the crew and five passengers are believed to be on board the missing aircraft.
The aircraft had gone missing hours after it took off from Jorhat, Assam for Menchuka Advance Landing Ground in Arunachal Pradesh.
The Indian Air Force has confirmed in their tweet that the aircraft was airborne on June 3 at 12.25 pm. The aircraft was last in contact with the ground agencies at 1.00 pm. Since the aircraft did not reach the designated destination, overdue action was initiated by IAF.
The IAF has launched C-130J, AN-32 and Mi-17 and Indian Army ALH helicopter on a search mission to locate the missing AN-32 aircraft.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, taking cognizance of the incident, spoke to Air Marshal Rakesh Singh Bhadauria, and prayed for the safety of the crew and passengers on board the missing aircraft. He tweeted:(This is a developing story. More details awaited)