Itanagar, June 11: On the ninth day of search operation, the security forces have finally succeeded in locating the missing AN-32 aircraft. According to the statement issued by the Indian Air Force (IAF), parts of the ill-fated military plane has been recovered from north of Lipo region in Arunachal Pradesh.
The IAF, which had deployed MI-17 chopper for aerial surveillance on Tuesday, spotted the wreckage of AN-32 aircraft nearly 16 kilometres to the north of Lipo region. AN-32 Plane Had SOS Signal Unit That is Old and No Longer Produced
"The wreckage of the missing AN-32 was spotted today 16 Kms North of Lipo, North East of Tato at an approximate elevation of 12,000 feet by the IAF Mi-17 Helicopter undertaking search in the expanded search zone," the IAF said in its statement.
Update by ANI:
The location of the parts of aircraft, believed to be that of missing AN-32, is 15-20 kilometers north of the flight path of the AN-32 aircraft in Arunachal Pradesh. Indian Air Force (IAF) chopper teams were involved in this mission. https://t.co/UCTC7QQiqi
— ANI (@ANI) June 11, 2019
Statement Issued by IAF:
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..
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) June 11, 2019
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The AN-32 aircraft had went missing on June 3, shortly after taking off from Jorhat at around 12:27pm, and was scheduled to reach Mechuka at 1:30pm. However, it went off radar nearly 33 minutes after the take-off.
A total of 13 people were on board the plane, which is used by the IAF for transportation purpose. All of them are feared to be killed in the accident.