Jorhat : The Indian Air Force (IAF) paid its last respects to the 13 martyrs, who died in IAF’s AN 32 transporter Aircraft crash which went missing on June 03, in Jorhat’s Rowriah last night.
The IAF on Thursday said that bodies of all 13 IAF personnel were recovered and have been sent to Jorhat IAF station.
The AN-32 aircraft went missing on June 3 after taking off from Assam’s Jorhat. The aircraft was headed for mechuka Advanced landing Ground (ALG) in Arunachal Pradesh when it lost contact with ground authorities at around 1 pm.
After a massive search and rescue operation for eight days, during which assets from several agencies were deployed, the wreckage of the aircraft was located by a Mi-17 chopper.
The wreckage was located 16 km north of Lipo in Arunachal Pradesh at an elevation of 12,000 feet.
Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh too paid his last respects to the 13 IAF personnel who were killed in AN-32 crash in Arunachal Pradesh.
The rescue team was facing immense trouble while trying to retrieve the bodies of the air warriors as the inclement weather was playing spoilsport. The rescue op was aborted several times.