New Delhi: All the 13 bodies of Indian Air Force personnel onboard the AN-32 transport aircraft and the black box have been recovered on Thursday. Choppers will be used to ferry the bodies from the crash site in Arunachal Pradesh.
Earlier today, the families of all 13 IAF personnel onboard the AN32 aircraft that went missing on June 3, were informed that no survivor could be traced from its crash site near Lipo in Arunachal Pradesh.
The IAF, Indian Army and other security forces’ teams pressed into action to search and rescue today declared that no one survived the crash.
In the search of survivors, a team comprising of personnel from IAF, Army, and civil mountaineers were airlifted on Wednesday to a location close to the crash site, after the wreckage of the missing IAF AN-32 aircraft was found.
IAF on Tuesday had said that the Mi-17 helicopters spotted the wreckage 16 km north of Lipo, North East of Tato, at an approximate elevation of 12000 ft.
“Efforts are now continuing to establish the status of occupants and establish survivors. Further details will be communicated as the recovery actions progress,” read the Media Co-ordination Centre of IAF.
Last Monday, the Russian-made aircraft had taken off from Jorhat at 12.27 PM for the Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground. Its last contact with the ground control was at 1 PM.