Itanagar: Over a week after an AN-32 went missing from Arunachal Pradesh on June 3, the wreckage of the ill-fated aircraft was spotted 16 km north of Lipo and northeast of Tato, at an approximate elevation of 12,000 ft, by an Mi-17 helicopter undertaking search in the region on Tuesday, said Indian Air Force (IAF) sources.
After having located the crash site, a team comprising personnel from the Indian Air Force, Indian Army and civil mountaineers have been airlifted to a location close to the crash site.
According to latest reports, 15 mountaineers have been inducted by Mi-17s and ALH with all equipment at the crash site. These include nine from IAF mountaineering team, four from Army and two civilian mountaineers.
“Some have reached the crash site and some are still tracking. Further information will be available after their ‘de-induction’,” said IAF sources.
The aircraft had gone missing on June 3 with 13 people, including eight crew members and five passengers, on board. The Antonov AN-32 was headed to the Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground, located in Mechuka Valley in Arunachal Pradesh, after taking off from Jorhat, Assam.
The aircraft took off at 12:25 pm and lost contact with the ground stations around 1 pm. Previously, many attempts of search and rescue operations were made by Indian Army, India Air Force and Navy along with local administration, but to no avail.