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Rescuers find black box of AN-32 aircraft, search continues for bodies

The Indian Air Force had said on Thursday that all 13 people on board the aircraft have died

Press Trust of India  |  Itanagar 

An AN-32 carries supplies that sustain army troops on the LAC
An AN-32 carries supplies that sustain army troops on the LAC

A rescue team has recovered the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) and flight data recorder (FDR) of Russian-origin of the at the in Arunachal Pradesh Friday, an IAF said.

Shillong-based IAF said that despite inclement weather and treacherous terrain, the rescue team of (IAF), Army and locals are trying their best to retrieve the bodies of the air warriors.

The had said on Thursday that all 13 people on board the have died.

The Russian-origin was going from Jorhat in to Menchuka advanced landing ground near the border with on June 3 when it lost contact around half-an-hour after taking off.

The process of recovering all the bodies on board the is still on. Inclement weather condition with continuous downpour, besides hostile terrain, continues to hamper efforts for retrieving the bodies, the IAF said.

On Thursday, three more local mountaineers have joined the rescue mission, the spokesman said.

district said the district administration has extended all possible help to the IAF to retrieve the bodies from the

The weather and the hostile terrain have posed great challenges to the rescue team, the DC said, adding the site of the crash is located in a steep gorge which is inaccessible.

The wreckage of the plane was spotted by an IAF chopper on Tuesday at a height of 12,000 feet near Gatte village on the border of and Shi-Yomi districts, after eight days of a involving a fleet of aircraft and choppers as well as ground forces.

A 15-member team of rescuers was sent to look for survivors in the on Wednesday and eight of them reached the place on Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh and have conveyed their condolences to the bereaved family members of the air warriors of the unfortunate IAF AN 32 aircraft which crashed on June 3 last in

First Published: Fri, June 14 2019. 15:25 IST
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