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After 8 days, wreckage of IAF’s missing AN-32 aircraft found!

No headway in search for missing IAF aircraft even after six days
A soldier stands guard as an Indian Air Force AN-32 transport aircraft carrying security personnel takes-off from the technical airport in Jammu February 9, 2008. Reuters/File photo

The wreckage of the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) AN-32 aircraft has now been located, nearly a week after it went missing with 13 people on June 3.

The remains of the aircraft were spotted 16 km North of Lipo, North East of Tato at an elevation of 12000 ft by an Mi-17 helicopter undertaking search operations, the Indian Air Force tweeted.

The Air Force had sought the help of local people, the Indian Army , the state police and the ITBP over the last week in various search missions.

The inhospitable terrain and thick vegetation made the efforts difficult. The inclement weather and low visibility also posed serious challenges to aerial operations before.

IAF had also sought the help of ISRO satellites to help locate the aircraft.

With eight crew members and five armed forces personnel onboard, including three Keralites, the IAF aircraft apparently lost contact with the ground control before it went off radar on June 3.

According to reports, the Russian-made plane, which was on its way to Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground in Arunachal Pradesh from Jorhat in Assam, went missing 33 minutes after it took off at 12.27 am.

PTI

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