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AN-32 aircraft probably couldn't get past hill, crashed due to blockage of view

The aircraft probably failed flying past the hill, probably because of blockage of view due to clouds, news agency ANI reported.  Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 12, 2019, 05.08 PM (IST)

Images captured of the probable crash point of missing Indian Air Force's AN-32 aircraft show that the aircraft was quite close to clearing a hill. The aircraft may have failed flying past the hill probably due to the blockage of view due to clouds, news agency ANI reported. 

In the meanwhile, 15 mountaineers have been inducted by Mi-17s and ALH, with all equipment. As many as 9 personnel from the Indian Air Force's mountaineering team, 4 from Army and 2 civilian mountaineers have joined the operations in Arunachal Pradesh. 

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The mountaineers are yet to reach the crash site due to inclement weather and terrain. The team will be camping overnight due to difficult terrain and weather, will close into the crash site tomorrow, news agency ANI reported. 

It has been eight days since Indian Air Force's AN-32 aircraft went missing in Arunachal Pradesh after taking off from Jorhat, Assam.

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The Russian-origin AN-32 aircraft was going from Jorhat in Assam to Mechuka 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.

Watch: Wreckage of missing Air Force An-32 plane found in Arunachal Pradesh

Aircraft's wreckage was found in heavily forested mountainous terrain in Arunachal Pradesh, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has sent its search teams comprising of Garud commandos including Mi17s and light helicopters to look for evidence of those missing.

"Efforts are now continuing to establish the status of occupants and establish survivors," the IAF said.
 

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It has been eight days since Indian Air Force's AN-32 aircraft went missing in Arunachal Pradesh after taking off from Jorhat, Assam.