A day after wreckage of the An-32 transport aircraft was spotted in Arunachal Pradesh, sources in the Indian Air Force on Wednesday said the crash could have resulted from low visibility due to cloud cover.
"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. Air Marshal RD Mathur, AOC-in-C, EAC, complimented the search team for their relentless effort spanning eight days," IAF said in a tweet.
"Additionally, he thanked the state administration 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 national cause," it added.
Earlier today, IAF airdropped 8 to 10 personnel near the crash site of the missing aircraft AN-32 in Arunachal Pradesh 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 AN-32 aircraft.
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 Arunachal Pradesh when it lost contact with ground authorities at around 1300 hours.
After eight days of intensive search and rescue operations, which included missions by Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft, C-130J Special Operations plane, several choppers, UAVs, Naval P-8I aircraft, Global- 5000 surveillance aircraft of the Aviation Research Centre and even use of ISRO and NTRO satellites, the wreckage of the aircraft was finally located on Tuesday.
IAF is continuing search operation 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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