Latest Update: Wreckage of the AN-32 aircraft has been spotted by search and rescue helicopter. Details of survivors yet to be released.
Indian Air Force aircraft, which took off from Jorhat, Assam at 12:20 p.m. lost contact at around 01:00 p.m. with the ground station and failed to reach the Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground in Arunachal Pradesh.
The missing aircraft was carrying five passengers and eight crew members. The Indian Air Force has initiated an overdue action and employed all its resources to locate the aircraft. A Sukhoi-30MKI, C-130 aircraft has been deployed on a search mission.
IAF PRO Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh said:
“Five crew and eight passengers carrying IAF plane were supposed to reach Mechuka at 13.30 and it hasn’t. We have initiated search operations.”
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Tweeted:
Spoke to Vice Chief of @IAF_MCC, Air Marshal Rakesh Singh Bhadauria regarding the missing IAF AN-32 Aircraft which is overdue for some hours.
He has apprised me of the steps taken by the IAF to find the missing aircraft. I pray for the safety of all passengers on board.
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) 3 June 2019