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Retrieving bodies from AN-32 wreckage site to take time

IANS  |  Itanagar 

Thirteen mountaineers from the (IAF) and the along with two civilian mountaineers on Wednesday arrived near the to establish the status of the 13 occupants of the IAF which crashed in on June 3, an said.

"They have reached the but trekking deep down and lifting the bodies and the survivors, if any, would take time," Gijum Tali, a state government official, told IANS.

"The mountaineers were air dropped on a suitable location near the braving fluctuating weather conditions to do the ground works with specific instructions," he said.

"Our next effort is to get to the wreckage site to establish the status of the occupants and search for the black box and CVR of the ill-fated with tail number K-2752," IAF Wing told IANS.

The mountaineers include nine from the IAF, four from the and two civilians.

Senior Air (SASO) of Eastern Air Command, Air Marshal Sandeep Singh, who is overseeing the search and rescue operation, briefed the mountaineers before they were air dropped to the wreckage site.

On Tuesday, the IAF had spotted the wreckage of the missing 16 km north of Lipo, northeast of Tato, at an approximate elevation of 12,000 feet with the help of an IAF in the expanded area.

The transport aircraft took off on June 3 from the Jorhat airbase in for the Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground in Arunachal Pradesh's district bordering

On June 8, the IAF announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh for any information leading to the location of the missing aircraft.



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First Published: Thu, June 13 2019. 00:12 IST