New Delhi/Guwahati, June 8: With five days of search operation of missing AN 32 aircraft not leading to any positive results despite all energies and armed machinery pushed-in by Indian Air Force and other elite forces, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa is visiting Air Force Station Jorhat in Assam to review the situation on Saturday.
According to reports, Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa is visiting Air Force Station Jorhat in Assam to review the ongoing search and rescue operations. Earlier, the operation was halted on Thursday and Friday nights, but the territorial forces were pressed into service to locate the wreckage of the missing Air Force plane. IAF's AN-32 Aircraft Search Operation to Continue Throughout Night; Cheetah Helicopters, India Army Personnel Pressed Into Service
It is to be known that inhospitable terrain and poor weather are playing a spoilsport for the search teams, which includes personnel from the Indian Army, Indian Army and state police.
To locate the missing plane advanced helicopters like C-130 Super Hercules, SU-30s, C-130J, Mi17 helicopters, Advanced Light Helicopters (ALHs) and P8i were deployed, the wreckage couldn't be traced. Even the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) satellites were pressed into service to locate the plane but without any success.
As per the details, the rescue beacon (device designed to attract attention to a specific location), installed on board the missing plane is old and has not been in production for 14 years. Apart from this, the rescuers are not able to pick up signals from the emergency locator beacon fitted in the cargo compartment of the aircraft. Missing IAF AN-32 Aircraft- Know All About This Ageing Transport Plane
On June 3, AN-32, with 13 onboard, stopped communicating with ground controllers at 1 pm. The aircraft had 13 persons on board, including six officers and seven others. The Russian-origin An-32 transporter took off from Assam's Jorhat at 12.27 pm for the Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground in Arunachal Pradesh's Shi-Yomi district bordering China.