Wreckage of the missing Antonov An-32 transport aircraft belonging to the Indian Air Force (IAF) has reportedly been spotted near Payam in Arunachal Pradesh, according to reports.
The details regarding the 13 IAF personnel – eight crew and five passengers – on board the aircraft is currently not known.
The IAF An-32, with 13 people on board, went missing after taking off from the Jorhat Air Force Station in Assam. 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.
The Air Force had scrambled a Su-30 fighter aircraft and a C-130J Super Hercules special operations transport aircraft for a search mission to locate the missing aircraft. Several helicopters, personnel from Indian Army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and local civic officials for Arunachal Pradesh have also joined the search operation.
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.