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Missing AN-32 aircraft search enters day 8; hunt intensified

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and rescue operations were intensified to locate the aircraft of the with 13 personal people on board, which went missing after take-off from Assam's airbase on June 3, as the hunt entered its eighth day on Monday, the IAF said.

"and rescue operations (SAR) were carried out by helicopters and during the day. No sightings as yet," the IAF said.

The is planning to carry out missions by airborne sensors, and ground teams and in the night. "IAF is committed to finding the missing air-warriors," a tweet by the read.

It said that the has been expanded.

"Based on various available inputs, the was expanded. Ground forces also increased the search," IAF added in another tweet.

The operations were severely hampered due to poor weather conditions on Sunday. On Saturday, the IAF had announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh to any person or group providing "credible information" about the missing plane.

The aircraft was heading toward Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground in when it lost contact with ground authorities at 1 pm.

Air Force BS Dhanoa had earlier visited Air Force station to review the ongoing operations. He met the families of the missing air-warriors and assured them that all possible steps will be taken to locate the missing plane and personnel.

The Air Force has been carrying out a to find the missing aircraft. Su-30 MKI, J special operations aircraft, UAVs, several choppers, Indian Navy's plane, Global 5000 surveillance aircraft of ARC and satellites of ISRO and NTRO are being deployed to find the plane.

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

First Published: Mon, June 10 2019. 21:26 IST