The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Thursday announced that no survivors were found at the site of the wreckage of An-32 transport aircraft in Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh.
Taking to Twitter, the IAF informed, “Eight members of the rescue team reached the crash site today (Thursday) morning. IAF is sad to inform that there are no survivors”.
The aircraft, which had six officers, five airmen and two non-combatants, went missing on June 3 after it took off from Jorhat Air Force Station in Assam at 12.27 pm for the Menchuka Advance Landing Ground.IAF had released the names of the air-warriors who lost their lives in the tragic AN-32 crash:
Wing Commander GM Charles, Squadron leader H Vinod, Flight lieutenant R Thapa, Flight lieutenant A Tanwar, Flight lieutenant S Mohanty, Flight lieutenant MK Garg, Warrant Officer KK Mishra, Sergeant Anoop Kumar, Corporal Sherin, Lead Aircraft Man SK Singh, Lead Aircraft Man Pankaj, Non-combatant Employee Putali, Non-combatant Employee Rajesh Kumar.
The IAF initially deployed C-130, AN-32, two Mi-17 helicopters and Army’s ALH helicopters. Later, the Navy’s P8i, UAVs and ISRO joined the search. Arunachal CM Pema Khandu and Chief Secretary Satya Gopal are monitoring the operations.