Rescue team reaches AN-32 crash site in Arunachal Pradesh, no survivors found

Mountaineers move towards the crash site of IAF's AN-32 aircraft at Payum in Arunachal Pradesh on June 12, 2019. Photograph:( IANS )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 13, 2019, 12.55 PM (IST)

The Indian Air Force(IAF) search team which reached the AN-32 crash site on Thursday morning did not find any survivors.

Adverse weather conditions and difficult terrain had halted the progress of the rescue team on Wednesday, forcing them to camp overnight.

However, a team comprision of IAF mountaineering team including four from the Indian Army and two civilians reached the site today but found no survivors. 

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The families of the 13 personnel have been informed that there were no survivors, the IAF said.

The wreckage of the plane was found around 16 kilometres north of the lipo area in Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday, at a height of twelve thousand feet.

The 15-member team comprising of nine climbers from the IAF mountaineering team including four from the Indian Army and two civilians were dispatched to the crashed area on Wednesday.

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The AN-32 aircraft with 13 people on board – eight officers and five passengers had taken off from the Jorhat air base around 12:25 pm on June 3 and was headed for Mechuka - an advanced landing ground in Arunachal Pradesh closer to the Chinese border. 

The transport aircraft lost contact with the radar and ground staff and did not reach the Mechuka air base at its scheduled landing time at 1pm the same day.  The wreckage of the aircraft was located following an eight-day search operation.