Wreckage of missing IAF's aircraft spotted in Arunachal Pradesh after 8 days of massive search, confirms Air Force

The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Tuesday has spotted the wreckage of the missing AN-32 jet that went off the radar on June 3 in Arunachal Pradesh.

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The crew of the Indian Air Force (IAF) officials have come across the ruins of the missing IAF jet AN-32 that went off the radar on June 3 2019. The jet was carrying 13 passengers from Assam's Jorhat to a remote camp in Arunachal Pradesh when it went missing around 1 pm, half an hour after it took off.

The IAF has confirmed that wreckage of the missing AN-32 was spotted at the north of Lipo in Arunachal Pradesh.

In a statement on Twitter, IAF said, "The wreckage of the missing #An32 was spotted today 16 Kms 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."

The statement, however, makes no naming of the 13 personnel who were travelling in the ruinous IAF jet. 

Intense search operations were carried out in the area ever since the IAF jet went missing last week. The family members of the missing personnel who were travelling onboard the jet have been placed in Assam in anticipation of any news about the jet or its passengers.

According to news agency ANI, location of parts of the aircraft is 15-20 kilometres north of the flight path of the AN-32 aircraft in Arunachal Pradesh. 

Bad weather and delayed aerial search operations for the missing jet for two days earlier this week while ground operations continued in the mountainous area.

The Russian-origin, Antonov-32 (AN-32) aircraft with 13 people on board lost contact on Monday afternoon i.e., on June 3rd at 1pm after it took off from Jorhat in Assam for Mechuka advanced landing ground near the border with China.

The IAF on Saturday announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh to anyone providing information about the location of the AN-32 transport aircraft.

Resources from various agencies including ISRO were brought in to enhance the effectiveness of the search operations.

"Our next effort is to get to the wreckage site to establish the status of the occupants and search for the black box and CVR of the ill-fated aircraft with tail number K-2752," IAF spokesperson Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh told IANS.

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