A team of 15 mountaineers on its way to the wreckage of the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) An-32 aircraft, which went missing with 13 persons on board, could not reach the crash site on Wednesday.
The wreckage was spotted on Tuesday on a hill slope in a remote location close to the China border in Arunachal Pradesh. “They are yet to reach the crash site due to inclement weather and terrain. Team will be camping overnight due to difficult terrain and weather, and will close in to the crash site tomorrow,” said IAF PRO Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh.
Earlier in the day, the team members — comprising nine persons from the IAF mountaineering team, four from the Army, and two civilian mountaineers — were dropped close to the crash site by Mi17 and ALH helicopters. From there, they had to trek to the crash site. The civilian mountaineers are Taka Tamut and Kison Tekseng, who scaled Mount Everest in 2018.
The An-32 took off from Assam’s Jorhat on June 3 for the Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground in Shi Yomi district. It lost contact with the ground staff half-an-hour after take-off.
On Tuesday, IAF had said a Mi-17 helicopter on the search operation spotted the wreckage 16 km…