IAF air-drops personnel near crash site to search for possible survivors

New Delhi [India]: Indian Air Force on Wednesday successfully airdropped 8 to 10 personnel near the site of the missing aircraft AN-32 in Arunachal Pradesh in two helicopter sorties.

The teams have started moving towards the location site and were searching for more wreckage and possible survivors.

Earlier, a team of army and civil mountaineers were airlifted to a location close to the place of crash of the missing AN-32 aircraft.

Indian Air Force (IAF) has continued search operation in the area where wreckage of missing AN-32 aircraft was found yesterday.

The AN-32, with 13 personnel onboard had last contacted ground sources from Arunachal Pradesh on June 3. The plane had been missing since June 3 after taking off from Jorhat air base in Assam to Menchuka advanced landing ground in Arunachal Pradesh with 13 persons on board.

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After an extensive search for eight days, the wreckage of the aircraft was located yesterday by the crew of a Mi-17 V5 chopper in a valley in Arunachal Pradesh.

Mi-17s and Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) of the Indian Army were deployed for the search and rescue operation of 13 personnel on board the Indian Air Force’s AN-32.

[source_without_link]ANI[/source_without_link]

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