All 13 Air Force personnel on board AN-32 dead; IAF pays tribute to brave Air-warriors


NEW DELHI: The Indian Air Force on Thursday informed that all 13 people on board the AN-32 aircraft, which crashed in a remote area in Arunachal Pradesh are dead.


The wreckage of the AN-32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force was found on Tuesday, eight days after it went missing with 13 people on board.

It was spotted in a heavily forested mountainous terrain by an IAF Mi-17 helicopter.

On Wednesday, a 15-member team of rescuers were sent look for survivors in the accident and eight of them reached the crash site on Thursday morning.

“Eight members of the rescue team have reached the crash site today morning. IAF is sad to inform that there are no survivors from the crash of AN-32”, the IAF tweeted.

The families of the 13 personnel have already been informed that there are no survivors.

The IAF in a tweet said it stands by with the families of the victims.

“IAF Pays tribute to the brave Air-warriors who lost their lives during the AN-32 crash on 03 Jun 2019 and stands by with the families of the victims. May their soul rest in peace”, it added.

GM Charles, H Vinod, R Thapa, A Tanwar, S Mohanty, MK Garg, KK Mishra, Anoop Kumar, Sherin, SK Singh, Pankaj, Putali and Rajesh Kumar are those who lost their lives in the crash.

The Russian-origin AN-32 aircraft was going from Jorhat in Assam to Menchuka advanced landing ground near the border with China on June 3 when it lost contact with ground staff at 1 pm, within 33 minutes of taking off.


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