Eight crew members and five passengers were onboard the aircraft. (Picture for representation: Reuters)
- The Indian Air Force (IAF) will carry out night missions by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and C130 to trace the aircraft
- Eight crew members and five passengers were onboard the aircraft
- Owing to unpleasant weather IAF has been unable to locate the aircraft
The Indian Air Force (IAF) will carry out night missions by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and C130 to locate their missing AN 32 aircraft after 7 failed attempts. Aerial search and rescue operations (SAR) were carried out by helicopters and C-130s during the day. Last Monday, the Russian-origin AN-32 transport aircraft departed from Jorhat, Assam at 12.27 pm for the Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground in Shi-Yomi district of Arunachal Pradesh. But by 1 pm, it lost contact with ground control. Eight crew members and five passengers were onboard the aircraft.
Aerial search operation could not be undertaken on Sunday due to bad weather and low clouds. Owing to unpleasant weather, despite deploying its best resources IAF has been unable to locate the aircraft.
The rescue mission was underway, however, they had to land back due to rain and poor weather conditions.
"The area of search is mountainous and heavily forested with thick undergrowth. The weather in the area has been inclement with low clouds and rain during most hours," said the IAF spokesperson.
"Combined with the inhospitable terrain, the weather has posed serious challenges to aerial search operations," the IAF spokesperson added.
A reward of Rs 5 lakh has also been promised by IAF for anyone who provides credible information on the Antonov An-32 aircraft. Air Marshal RD Mathur made the announcement for the cash reward. He also provided few numbers which people can use to contact the air force and provide any.
The numbers are 0378-3222164, 9436499477, 9402077267 and 9402132477.
"Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa was given a detailed briefing about the operations and was apprised with the inputs received so far. He interacted with families of the officers and airmen who were on board the aircraft," an IAF spokesperson said.