Mountaineers, special forces personnel airdropped; over 200 sorties flown towards spot in Arunachal Pradesh; 8 choppers deployed to recover bodies of 13 air warriors
New Delhi: Local mountaineers and those of the Indian Air Force (IAF), besides Army's special forces personnel, who were dropped off at the closest possible location to the crash site of the ill-fated AN-32 aircraft have reportedly reached the spot, said defence sources on Friday.
"The mortal remains and other material evidence have to be picked up by helicopters and brought back to Jorhat in stages. The weather continues to be marginal and is likely to affect the pace of recovery operations. The recovery team is braving the treacherous terrain and inclement weather in order to bring back the mortal remains as soon as possible," the sources added.
The IAF has flown around 200 sorties towards the AN-32 search and recovery operations and is sparing no efforts in recovering the remains of its personnel. Eight helicopters have been deployed for the purpose, said sources.
Meanwhile, the next of the kin of all the personnel on board had been informed of the crash and the subsequent search operations undertaken by the IAF.
"Concerned family members have been apprised of the progress of the recovery operations as well and IAF officials are in regular touch with them. The IAF and all its personnel stand with the families in this hour of grief," said defence officials.