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AN-32 crash: Induction of 15 mountaineers complete, team to close in to crash site on Thursday

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The operation to airlift 15 mountaineers by helicopters to search for possible survivors in the site the where the missing crashed is complete, defence sources said here on Wednesday.

However, the team is yet to reach the due to inclement weather and terrain. The team will be camping overnight due to difficult terrain and weather and will close in to the on Thursday, they said.

Earlier today, IAF airdropped 8 to 10 personnel near the of the missing in in two helicopter sorties. A team of army and civil mountaineers were also airlifted to a location close to the place of the crash of the missing

Sources in Indian today said that the blockage of view due to clouds could have been the reason behind the crash of AN-32 transport aircraft in

The crash point of the aircraft shows how close it was to clear the hill but could not, probably due to blockage of view due to clouds, sources in the said.

Pictures of the crash site emerging today suggested that the aircraft was trying to climb over the mountain top but failed to do so.

"After having located the crash site, a team comprising personnel from IAF, Army and Civil Mountaineers have been airlifted to a location close to the crash site. RD Mathur, AOC-in-C, EAC, complimented the for their relentless effort spanning eight days," IAF said in a tweet later in the day.

"Additionally, he thanked the which has extended unflinching support to the IAF towards locating the missing An-32. The proud and highly patriotic people of the state have worked tirelessly to help the IAF for a cause," it added.

The AN-32 aircraft with 13 IAF personnel onboard went missing on May 3 after getting airborne from Jorhat. The aircraft was headed towards Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground in when it lost contact with ground authorities at around 1300 hours.

After eight days of and rescue operations, which included missions by Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft, Special Operations plane, several choppers, UAVs, Naval aircraft, Global- 5000 surveillance aircraft of the Research Centre and even use of ISRO and NTRO satellites, the wreckage of the aircraft was finally located on Tuesday.

The wreckage of the plane was located 16 km north of Lipo at an elevation of 12000 feet by choppers of the IAF undertaking in the expanded

IAF is continuing in the area where the wreckage of missing AN-32 aircraft was found yesterday.

IAF has lost more than 10 aircraft this year in various crashes.

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First Published: Wed, June 12 2019. 19:37 IST