Eight days on, AN-32 debris located in NE
New Delhi: Eight days after the disappearance of a Sovietera IAF plane carrying 13 people triggered a massive coordinated search operation, its debris of the Antonov AN-32 military transport craft was traced in Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday.
“The wreckage of the aircraft was spotted 16 kilometres north of Lipo, north-east of Tato, at an approximate elevation of 12,000 feet by the IAF Mi-17 helicopter undertaking search in the expanded search zone,” the Indian Air Force said in a statement.
The force said efforts are under way to establish if there are any survivors. There were eight crew members and five passengers onboard when the plane dropped off the radar.
“There was a meeting of Indian Air Force, Army and local administration officials to figure out how to reach the very remote, wooded site, which can only be accessed by trekking,” said a senior IAF officer.
A massive operation was launched to locate the missing twin-engine turboprop craft, which had lost contact with ground control on June 3. The ISRO’S radar imaging satellite and the Navy’s long-range surveillance aircraft P8i were deployed for the search mission, apart from other sophisticated technology.