Mumbai: A team if Indian Air Force jet An-32 which went missing on June 3 was spotted north of Lipo in Arunachal Pradesh.
The IAF which was carrying 13 passengers from Assam’s Jorhat to a remote base in Arunachal Pradesh went missing around 12:25 pm, half an hour after it took off.
In a statement on Twitter, IAF said, “The wreckage of the missing #An32 was spotted today 16 km North of Lipo, North East of Tato at an approximate elevation of 12000 ft by the #IAF Mi-17 Helicopter undertaking search in the expanded search zone.”
The statement, however, makes no mention of the 13 personnel who were travelling in the ill-fated IAF jet.
The wreckage of the missing #An32 was spotted today 16 Kms North of Lipo, North East of Tato at an approximate elevation of 12000 ft by the #IAF Mi-17 Helicopter undertaking search in the expanded search zone..
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) June 11, 2019
According to the news agency ANI, parts of the aircraft were located 15-20 km north of the flight path of the N-32 aircraft in Arunachal Pradesh. IAF helicopter teams were involved in this mission.
The bad weather had stopped air discovery campaign for the missing jet for two days at the beginning of this week, while the ground operation was in the hilly area.
On Saturday, the IAF announced a reward of 5 lakh rupees for giving information about the place of AN-32 transport aircraft.
The properties deployed for the rescue operation included the C-130J and An-32 aircraft fleet and Mi-17 and ALH helicopters and Sukhoi-30 aircraft were included. Apart from this, the Army in the ground forces, the Indian Tibetan Border Police and the State Police were involved. ISRO’s Cartosat and RISAT satellites were also used to take pictures of the area around Mentucha.
The resources of various agencies including the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) were brought to increase the effectiveness of search operations.