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Army-local mountaineers airlifted to crash site in Arunachal Pradesh


GUWAHATI: A day after the wreckage of missing AN-32 transport aircraft was spotted in Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh, Indian Air Force (IAF) and Army are trying to reach the crash site.

A team, comprising personnel from IAF and Army besides local mountaineers, was airlifted to a location close to the site on Wednesday.IAF’s Shillong-based spokesman Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh told this newspaper that Mi17s and ALH helicopters from the Army were being used in the mission.

The aircraft, which was flying to Mechuka near the China border in Shi Yomi district of Arunachal with 13 IAF personnel on board, was reported missing 33 minutes since it took off from IAF’s base in Assam’s Jorhat district on June 3.

Siang Deputy Commissioner (District Magistrate), Rajeev Takuk, said the crash site is a treacherous area.