Search operation for the missing Indian Air Force An-32 military transport aircraft entered sixth day on June 8 but the wreckage of the aircraft is yet to be located.
The aircraft, with 13 people on board, went missing after taking off from the Jorhat Air Force Station in Assam, on Monday, June 3. The aircraft was flying to the Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground in Arunachal Pradesh when it lost contact with the ground around 35 minutes into the flight. Mechuka ALG is near India’s border with China.
According to reports, extensive efforts are are in place to locate the missing aircraft.
During the five day long search operation, the Air Force had deployed C-130J Super Hercules tactical airlifter, An-32 aircraft, Su-30 fighter aircraft, Mi-17 helicopters and Dhruv ALH (Advanced Light Helicopter) helicopters. The Army deployed Dhruv helicopters and UAVs while the Navy deployed P-8I Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to support the operation. Personnel from Indian Army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and local civic officials for Arunachal Pradesh have also joined the search operation.
ISRO’s CARTOSAT AND RISAT earth observation satellites took images of the area to find clues on the missing aircraft.
In July 2016, an An-32 had gone missing over the Bay of Bengal after taking off from Tambaram Air Force Station in Chennai to Port Blair, the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, with 29 people on board. The aircraft is yet to be located and the cause of the incident is also not known.