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AN-32 crash: bodies airlifted to Jorhat

DIMAPUR, JUN 20 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/20/2019 11:09:31 AM IST

Bodies of the all 13 air-warriors on board AN-32 aircraft that crashed in a remote area in Arunachal Pradesh have been recovered and sent to Air Force Station, Jorhat.

According to a defence release, the mortal remains would be sent to their hometown, where funeral as per service customs would be carried out. The release said that Air Force stands with the families and next-of-kin of all the air-warriors who lost their life in the line of duty. 

IAF has thanked Indian Army, Indian Navy, NTRO, State administration and civil population for their unstinted support during search and rescue operations.

On June 19, 2019, an IAF AN-32 aircraft, which took off from Air Force Station, Jorhat, Assam went missing with 13 air-warriors onboard. On June 11, the wreckage of the missing An-32 aircraft was found on a mountain slope in Arunachal Pradesh and all air-warriors died in the crash. 

After tracing the wreckage on June 11, a team of 15 mountaineers was air-dropped near the crash site the very next day to locate the bodies. Later, three more mountaineers had joined the team.

While six bodies were airlifted to Aalo in West Siang around 5 pm Wednesday, the remains of seven others were transported to the district headquarters around noon, said Siang Deputy Commissioner Rajiv Takuk Thursday.

IAF had also been able to recover the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) too last week from the site.

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