Lipo (Arunachal Pradesh): The Indian Air Force rescue team that was air dropped at Lipo, Arunachal Pradesh, at the crash site of the ill fated AN-32 military aircraft has finally retrieved the dead bodies of the 13 crew members who were in the aircraft.
It may be mentioned that an operation was launched by the Indian Air force to retrieve the bodies of the 13 air warriors who were on board at the ill-fated AN-32 aircraft that crashed in Arunachal Pradesh on June 3rd, 2019.
However, due to bad weather conditions and torrential rains in the area, the rescue mission was aborted many a times. The rescue team faced lot of problems as the crash site is situated in a heavily dense forest.
The inclement weather played spoilsport as the Cheetah and ALH Helicopters remained on standby.
The wreckage of the AN-32 of the IAF was spotted after eight days of the incident. The aircraft was scheduled to land in Arunachal Pradesh’s Mechuka airfield also known as the Advanced Landing Ground (ALG). After the AN-32 did not reach Mechuka, the IAF initiated the “overdue action”.
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The wreckage was spotted 16 kilometres north of Lipo in Arunachal Pradesh at an approximate elevation of 12,000 ft. by an IAF Mi-17 Helicopter.
Soon after the wreckage of the aircraft was spotted, a total of 15 mountaineers were airdropped to nearest possible locations of the crash site. But since then, inclement weather conditions have been hampering the rescue operations.