Missing AN-32: IAF resumes search operation in Arunachal Pradesh

Missing AN-32: IAF resumes search operation in Arunachal Pradesh
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Indian Air Force in association with the Army and IndoTibetan Border Police on Tuesday resumed the search operation for the AN-32aircraft that has remained missing from the sky of Arunachal Pradesh.

"Search and Rescue (SaR) operation resumes as weatherclears up on Tuesday. Two MI 17s and one Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH)already deployed with the ground party of Army and ITBP," Wing CommanderRatnakar Singh said, adding that more assets may be deployed if required.

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

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

On Monday, C-130, AN-32 aircraft, two Mi-17 of IAF andIndian Army ALHs were launched to locate the missing aircraft. Some groundreports were received on possible location of a crash site.

Helicopters were routed to the location, however, nowreckage has been sighted so far, Singh said.

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

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