Itanagar: A day after an AN-32 aircraft belonging to the Indian Air Force (IAF) went missing about 35 minutes after take-off from Jorhat in Assam, search operations have resumed to locate the ill-fated plane in the dense mountainous jungle areas of Shi Yomi district in Arunachal Pradesh.
The AN-32 aircraft took off from Jorhat in Assam around 12.25 pm on Monday and was flying to the Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground in Arunachal Pradesh’s Shi Yomi district when it went missing near Aalo around 1 pm. It was carrying 13 passengers on board.
Immediately thereafter, the IAF deployed all available resources, including Sukhoi Su-30 combat fighter jets and C-130J Hercules special operations aircraft to locate the missing aircraft. Troops on ground too were fanned out to hunt for the missing plane.
Meanwhile, a ground team of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has also joined the IAF’s rescue efforts on Tuesday morning.
IAF officials are also in touch with the families of the 13 people who were on board the AN-32 aircraft.