The wreckage of the missing AN-32 transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force that went missing after taking off from the Jorhat airbase on June 3 has been spotted in West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh, the IAF stated.
“The wreckage of the missing AN-32 was spotted today 16 Kms North of Lipo, North East of Tato at an approximate elevation of 12000 ft by the #IAF Mi-17 Helicopter undertaking search in the expanded search zone,” the IAF tweeted.
“Efforts are now continuing to establish the status of occupants & establish survivors. Further details will be communicated as the recovery actions progress,” the IAF stated in another tweet.
Efforts are now continuing to establish the status of occupants & establish survivors. Further details will be communicated as the recovery actions progress.
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) June 11, 2019
The AN-32 aircraft was headed for the Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground after taking off from the Jorhat airbase at 12:25 pm on June 3. It had last contacted ground at 1 pm.
There were 13 passengers, including eight crew members, when it lost contact with ground.
The IAF had launched a massive search operation to locate the missing Antonov AN-32 aircraft. ISRO and the Indian Navy had also joined the search operation.