There were no survivors in the crash site of AN-32 aircraft, wreckage of which was found in Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday, Indian Air Force has confirmed. (ANI reported)
A 15-member team of rescuers was airlifted on Wednesday close to the crash site of the IAF’s AN-32 aircraft in Arunachal Pradesh to look for possible survivors.
The wreckage of the An-32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force was spotted in a heavily forested mountainous terrain by an IAF Mi-17 helicopter, eight days after it went missing with 13 people on board on June 3.
After operation was hit due to bad weather and difficult terrain, the team finally reached the crash site on Thursday morning.
IAF search teams reached the AN-32 crash site today morning and did not find any survivors. The families of the 13 personnel have already been informed that there are no survivors. pic.twitter.com/7FZj0ugryk
— ANI (@ANI) June 13, 2019
The nine personnel from IAF’s mountaineering team, four from the Army and two civilian mountaineers were dispatched a day after the wreckage of the aircraft was located by an IAF Mi-17 helicopter at a height of 12,000 ft near Gatte village on the border of Siang and Shi-Yomi districts in Arunachal Pradesh following an eight-day-long, muti-agency search.
The area is thickly forested and has been receiving heavy rains since the last three days, according to local officials.