Search for missing AN-32 resumes

Search for missing AN-32 resumes
The AN-32 with 13 onboard went missing on June 3.
GUWAHATI, JUN 4 (IANS/AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 6/4/2019 11:55:45 AM IST

Indian Air Force in association with the Army and Indo Tibetan Border Police on Tuesday resumed the search operation for the AN-32 aircraft that has remained missing from the sky of Arunachal Pradesh, reports Northeast Now news.

“Search and rescue (SAR) operation resumes as weather clears up on Tuesday. Two MI 17s and one ALH already deployed with the ground party of Army and ITBP,” Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh said, adding that more assets may be deployed if required.

The transporter aircraft with IAF personnel on board got airborne on Monday from Jorhat at 12.27 p.m. for Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground. The aircraft last contacted ground agencies at around 1 p.m. Thereafter, there was no contact with the aircraft.

The AN-32 aircraft of the IAF remained missing even as the IAF deployed best of its technologies to trace and locate the aircraft which went off the radar with 13 air within 35 minutes of its take off from Jorhat on Monday afternoon.

IAF officials said that since the aircraft did not reach the destination, overdue actions were initiated by the Indian Air Force.

On Monday, C-130, AN-32 aircraft, two Mi-17 of IAF and Indian Army ALH helicopters were launched to locate the missing aircraft. Some ground reports were received on possible location of a crash site.

Helicopters were routed to the location, however, no wreckage has been sighted so far, Singh said.

The district administration of Shi Yomi district in Arunachal Pradesh also launched a search operation along with the villagers.

Navy unites with IAF and Army to search the missing AN 32

A team of the Indian Navy on Tuesday joined the search operation to locate the IAF’s AN 32 aircraft which went missing on Monday while flying from Jorhat to Mechuka in Arunachal Pradesh.

Defence spokesman Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh said the IAF has its continued extensive efforts to locate the missing AN-32

“Indian Navy’s long range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft P-8I took off from INS Rajali, Arakonam in Tamil Nadu and is heading to join the search and rescue operation in Arunachal Pradesh.

The P-8I is equipped with foreign and indigenous sensors for maritime reconnaissance, anti-submarine operations and electronic intelligence missions. It is fully integrated with state-of-the-art sensors and highly potent anti-surface and anti-submarine weapons.

Apart from this, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has also pressed into service of satellites, mainly the RISAT to help the rescuers on the ground locate the wreckage of the missing AN-32.

 “Apart from this, continuous coordination is being carried out with Indian Army, ITBP, various government and civil agencies which have been carrying out search operation on the ground,” Wg Cdr Singh said.

The IAF, Army and civil administration in Arunachal Pradesh had already launched a massive search and rescue operations between West Siang and Shi -yomi districts along the Indo-China border since Monday. However, the rescue parties are yet to come across any wreckage of the AN 32.

The AN-32 took off from Jorhat at 1227 hrs for Menchuka ALG on Monday. The aircraft last contacted ground control at 1300 hrs and there was no further contact with the aircraft.


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