After eight days of search, IAF finds wreckage of missing An-32 in Arunachal Pradesh

The aircraft carrying six officers, five airmen and two non-combatants (enrolled) took off from Jorhat, Assam at 1227 hours for the Mechuka Advance Landing Ground in Arunachal Pradesh, where it was supposed to reach Mechuka at 1330 hours. REUTERS/Amit Gupta/File Photo

More than a week after the Indian Air Force’s An-32 with 13 people on board went missing near Arunachal Pradesh, the wreckage of the transport aircraft has been found. On Twitter, IAF confirmed that the wreckage was spotted 16 km North of Lipo, North East of Tato at an approximate elevation of 12000 ft by the IAF Mi-17 helicopter undertaking search in the expanded search zone.

IAF also stated that efforts are underway to establish the status of occupants and establish survivors. “Further details will be communicated as the recovery actions progress,” IAF tweeted.

Here’s everything you need to know about the aircraft and the search operations that are underway.

What is IAF An-32 aircraft?

Antonov An-32 is a Russian-origin tactical transport aircraft that has been in service since 1984. It is a twin-engined military transport aircraft that can fly up to four hours without refuelling. Having undergone several upgrades, AN-32 has…

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