13 people on board missing AN-32 dead: IAF officials

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Bodies of six Air Force personnel and remains of seven others, who died in the AN-32 aircraft crash, have been recovered, official sources said on Thursday. Representative purpose only. Photo: PTI

All 13 people on board the AN-32 aircraft which crashed in a remote area in Arunachal Pradesh earlier this month are dead, officials of the Indian Air Force (IAF) said on Thursday (June 13).

The twitter page of IAF said that a team of rescuers reached the crash site on Thursday morning, but didn’t find any survivors.

“Eight members of the rescue team have reached the crash site today morning. IAF is sad to inform that there are no survivors from the crash of An32,” the Air Force tweeted on Thursday.

The air force paid tribute to the officers who lost their lives in the crash on June 3 and paid condolences to the bereaved family.

The plane went missing on June 3 while flying from Assam’s Jorhat to Mechuka, a military landing strip in Arunachal Pradesh. The wreckage was found on Tuesday in the mountains at a height of 12,000 feet under Payum Circle of Siang district in Arunachal Pradesh after eight days of search operations by the IAF.