Arunachal Pradesh : A day after Mi-17 helicopter pilots of the Indian Air Force (IAF) spotted the wreckage of the missing AN-32 on Tuesday 16 kms North of Lipo, North East of Tato in Arunachal Pradesh at an approximate elevation of 12000 ft, efforts are on to establish survivors.
Search for survivors on of the ill-fated An-32
It is still not clear whether any of the 13 member crew are still alive or not after the military transport aircraft went missing on June 3, 2019. Rescue operation by helicopters has already commenced at the crash site of the An-32 and the IAF is utilizing its Mi-17s and the Indian Army’s Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH).
Search on for survivors of missing An-32 military air craft
The IAF used Aviation Research Centre’s Global 5000 surveillance aircraft and NTRO spy satellites along with other assets including Indian Navy’s P-8i Poseidon long range reconnaissance aircraft. Finally, they spotted the wreckage of the missing AN-32 aircraft after eight days of an intensive search operation.
Also read : AN-32 wreckage found in Arunachal Pradesh’s Lipo
The IAF may airdrop its guards as well as send troops on foot which comprises of army personnel, policemen, local hunters and villagers, yet due to its heavily covered dense forest will prove a herculean task for the search team to reach the spot of the wreckage. As per reports, the team might take 24 hours to reach the region as they have to cross a river and walk through a dense forest.