Lipo (Arunachal Pradesh): After over a week of relentless search operation by the Indian Air Force, the security forces have finally succeeded in tracing the wreckage of the missing AN-32 aircraft from Arunachal Pradesh’s north of Lipo region on June 11th, 2019.
“The wreckage of the missing #AN32 was spotted today 16 kms North of Lipo, North East of Tato at an approximate elevation of 12000 ft by the #IAF Mi-17 helicopter undertaking search in the expanded search zone..” the IAF tweeted.
The wreckage of the missing AN-32 aircraft was spotted by the Mi 17 helicopter but it is yer to be ascertained at ground level. The security officials have further informed that their efforts are on to establish the status of the occupants and the survivors.
It may be mentioned that the AN-32 aircraft – an Antonov AN-32 military transport aircraft took off from Assam’s Jorhat airbase at around 12:25 with 13 people on board on June 3rd, 2019. The aircraft had gone missing after an hour of its take off.
The aircraft was scheduled to land in Arunachal Pradesh’s Mechuka airfield, also known as the Advanced Landing Ground (ALG).
A massive search operation including an aerial survey was been conducted by the IAF for eight days amid the inclement weather affecting the search and rescue efforts.