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Blocked visibility due to cloud cover could have caused AN-32 crash: Air Force officials

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A day after wreckage of the transport was spotted in Arunachal Pradesh, sources in the Indian on Wednesday said the crash could have resulted from low visibility due to cloud cover.

New pictures of the crash point of the show how close the plane was to the hill but apparently could not clear it probably as the view was blocked due to cloud cover, sources said.

Pictures of the emerging today suggested that the 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 RD Mathur, AOC-in-C, EAC, complimented the for their relentless effort spanning eight days," IAF said in a tweet.

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

Earlier today, IAF airdropped 8 to 10 personnel near the of the missing aircraft 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 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 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 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.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, June 12 2019. 19:32 IST
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