Missing IAF AN-32 brings back memories of 2009 crash; IAF pulls in ISRO, Indian Navy


Nation First News:  The Indian Air Force (IAF) AN-32 aircraft with 8 crew members and 5 passengers on board, which went missing around 1 pm on Monday, after taking off from Jorhat in Assam for Arunachal’s Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground (ALG), brought back memories of an air crash involving the transport plane exactly 10 years ago.

On June 9, 2009, another AN-32 aircraft with the same number of people on board went missing in the same location.

Later, the wreckage of the 2009 aircraft was found 25 km from the landing location, while all 13 on board were found killed in the crash.

Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh said that two MI 17s and one ALH deployed with the ground party of Army and ITBP to join the ongoing rescue efforts in Arunachal Pradesh. Indian Navy deployed P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft from INS Rajali in Arakonam, Tamil Nadu. ISRO Satellites also pressed into service to locate missing IAF AN-32 Aircraft.

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