New Delhi: The wreckage of a missing an-32 aircraft with 13 on board last week was found in Arunachal Pradesh, the Indian air force was confirmed on Tuesday. The plane disappeared on June 3.
The rubble was found in the circle of payum Siang district. It was seen by a mi-17 helicopter from the Indian air force, at an altitude of about 12,000 feet.
The air force plans to send an air search team, including guards commandos, mountaineers and other ground forces tomorrow morning to search for the area more debris, the ani news agency reported.
“Efforts now continue to establish the status of the occupants and build survivors,” the air force tweeted.
IAF C-130J transport aircraft, Sukhoi SU-30 fighter jet, search aircraft navy p8-i and IAF and army helicopters have searched the plane. Satellite ISRO and unmanned drones are also involved in search operations.
The team from the Indo-Tibetan border and navy border police (ITBP), supported by night sensors, worked all night. The air force said the search area had been expanded despite challenges posed by vegetation, unfriendly terrain and bad weather.
The plane traveled from Jorhat in Assam to a remote military landing line in mechuka in Arunachal Pradesh when it disappeared from radar around 1 pm.
The air force uses two mi-17s and advanced light helicopter (ALH), P8I – A long-range maritime surveillance aircraft from Tamil Nadu – for search.
Family members of the crew have been waiting on Jorhat in Assam for news.
The search was difficult because of the difficult terrain and bad weather. The place where the aircraft is mountainous and heavily forested; landing and taking off at mechuka is very difficult. Coupled with erratic weather, this region is among the least friendly for air transportation.
The aircraft’s search and rescue beacon were not produced for 14 years, and no signal was detected. This distress signal is intended to be taken by satellites belonging to cops-sarsat, an international satellite-assisted search, and rescue facility.
An-32 is a Soviet-designed twin-engine turboprop transport aircraft that was used extensively by the Indian air force for more than four decades. Since joining the IAF fleet, rocky planes used to transport people and water-drop supplies have experienced several rounds of improvement.
As many as nine aircraft security forces have fallen this year so far. These include the jaguar, two MIG-27 jets, two MIG-21 jets, MIG-17, Mirage 2000, Surya Kiran HAWK X 2 and one an-32.
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