Missing AN-32 wreckage found in Tato circle: IAF

AN-32 crashed on a hill near Gate village

The wreckage of AN-32 was located near Gate village of Siang district, according to Kaying DLR&SO & EAC in-charge Pumek Ronya. Based on input of Payum villager Tadat Tasung that he saw the aircraft flying towards Miigi, Ronya as directed by Siang DC had sent a team including Everester K. Teksing, T Tamut, three mountaineers, political interpreter and ALCs to Gasleng and Gate on search mission.

It may take 28 hours to reach the wreckage site as Molo-Kaying road has been totally washed away. But, IAF is drawing elaborate plan to drop personnel at a suitable spot to reach the wreckage site on the slope of a hill.

Interestingly, T Yubi, known as local Tarzan of Kaying, was on the mission besides Molo village team led by HGB for last nine days. (DIPRO)

Dense forest of crash site

NEW DELHI, June 11: Eight days after the Indian Air Force AN-32 transport plane with 13 IAF personnel onboard went missing, IAF on Tuesday said the wreckage of the plane was spotted in Lipo locality under Tato circle of Shi Yomi district of Arunachal Pradesh.

“The wreckage of the missing AN-32 was spotted today 16 Kms North of Lipo, North East of Tato at an approximate elevation of 12,000 ft by the IAF Mi-17 helicopter undertaking search in the expanded search zone,” IAF tweeted.  Location of parts of the aircraft is 15-20 kilometers north of the flight path of the AN-32 aircraft and IAF chopper teams were involved in this mission, according to news agency ANI.

However, IAF didn’t share the status of any survivor on the plane. “Efforts are now continuing to establish the status of occupants & establish survivors. Further details will be communicated as the recovery actions progress.”

The Russian-origin AN-32 aircraft had taken off from Assam’s Jorhat on June 3 and was headed for Advance Landing Ground (ALG) in Arunachal Pradesh Mechuka, 15-km away from China border, when it lost contact with ground authorities at around 1 pm.

Su-30MKI jets, C-130J special operations aircraft, several choppers along with ground troops were deployed to locate the plane. ISRO satellites and Indian Navy’s P-8I aircraft were also pressed into action.

However, family members of the missing personnel who were travelling onboard have been stationed in Assam in anticipation of any news about the jet or its passengers.

Bad weather and stalled aerial search operations for the missing jet for two days early this week while ground operations continued in the mountainous area.

The IAF on Saturday had announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh to anyone providing information about location of the AN-32 transport aircraft. (with Agency input)

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