Thursday, June 13, 2019

Indian Air Force confirms no survivors in AN-32 aircraft crash

Bodies of all the 13 Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel on board the AN-32 transport aircraft were retrieved on Thursday from the crash site in Arunachal Pradesh, the IAF said. The black box of the plane was also recovered by the eight-member rescue team, which reached the crash site on Thursday morning.
 In a series of tweets, the IAF released the names of the personnel who lost their lives during the crash and paid tribute to them. Those who died in the crash are Wing Commander GM Charles, Squadron Leader H Vinod, Flight Lieutenants LR Thapa, MK Garg, Ashish Tanwar and Sumit Mohanty, Warrant officer KK Mishra, Sergeant Anoop Kumar, Corporal Sherin, LAC (leading aircraft man) SK Singh, LAC Pankaj, and non combatants Rajesh Kumar and Putali.
 The wreckage of the plane was spotted by an IAF chopper on Tuesday afternoon at a height of 12,000 ft near Gatte village on the border of Siang and Shi-Yomi districts of Arunachal Pradesh, after eight days of a massive search operation involving a fleet of aircraft and choppers as well as ground forces.
The aircraft went missing on June 3 and it lost contact with the ground staff at around 1 pm, within 33 minutes of taking off. The Air Force carried intensive search and rescue operations, which included missions by Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft, C-130J Special Operations plane, several choppers, UAVs, Naval P-8I aircraft, Global- 5000 surveillance aircraft of the Aviation Research Centre and even use of ISRO and NTRO satellites.
 13/06/19 Bangalore Mirror
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