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15 mountaineers drpped near AN-32 crash site

IANS  |  Itanagar 

The Indian Air Force, Army and the civil administration of started a massive operation on Wednesday to reach the site where the of the had crashed on June 3, a said.

A total of 15 mountaineers from IAF, Army and civilians were inducted successfully by Mi 17 with all the equipments on Wednesday morning near the crash site, from where they are likely to track to the

"They have been indicted successfully but failed to proceed towards the due to bad weather. They are going to camp overnight and will try to close in on the tomorrow morning," said defence PRO Wing on Wednesday.

The 15 mountaineers includes nine from the Indian Air Force, four from and two civilian mountaineers, Singh said.

The site where the wreckage of the has been spotted is located 16 km north of Lipo and about 12 to 15 km west of Gatte under Payum region of district.

The wreckage was spotted on Tuesday afternoon when the joint teams of IAF, Army and the civil administration carried out aerial survey in the area.

"It is likely to take some time for the ground parties to reach the crash site. The area has thick vegetation and the tough terrain often prevents the from advancing," said a of district.

Although the IAF has spotted the wreckage, nothing is yet clear about the fate of the 13 on board the The plane took off on June 3 from the Jorhat airbase for Mechuka advanced landing ground in

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First Published: Wed, June 12 2019. 21:02 IST
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