Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh ) , June 12 : After the wreckage of the missing An-32 was spotted on Tuesday , IAF started with its rescue operations this morning and have airdropped a group of 8 – 10 rescuers at the crash site near Lipo in helicopters .
The teams are now moving towards the location and are searching for more wreckage. Though there are no chances of all 13 people on board the ill – fated AN -32 aircraft surviving but all efforts are being made to rescue any of the survivors , if any .
Mi17s and Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) of the Indian Army have been pressed for service for the rescue operations .
Defence PRO, Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh: After having located the crash site,a team comprising personnel from IAF, Army and civil mountaineers have been airlifted to a location close to the crash site. #AN32Aircraft
12:04 PM – Jun 12, 2019
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Ground forces have been continuing with their attempts to reach the crash site 16 kms North of Lipo in Arunachal.
Though the wreckage of the An-32 was spotted in the afternoon on Tuesday , the Cheetah helicopter and an ALH chopper that were on search operations the could not land at the crash site due to the topography .
Eight days after it went missing in the dense forests of Arunachal,Pradesh . IAF finally spotted the wreckage of the AN- 32 on Tuesday The debris were seen lying amid charred trees on a hill slope.
Although rescuers could land yesterday , IAF has said they have identified a landing site nearby from where the operations are being conducted.
A big challenging task lies ahead for the IAF in trying to look for survivors.
According IAF sources , the AN -32 crashed on a densely covered ridge and the rescuers have to cross the ridge, to reach the wreckage.
Meanwhile ,the list of 13 Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel, who were on board the AN 32 transport aircraft which crashed on June 3 while flying from Jorhat in Assam to Mechuka in Arunachal Pradesh, has been released.
The IAF personnel were:
Wing Commander GM Charles,
Squadron Leader H Vinod,
Flight Lieutenant Mohit Garg,
Flight Lieutenant Sumit Mohanty,
Flight Lieutenant Ashish Tanwar
Flight Lieutenant Rajesh Thapa.
Warrant Officer KK Mishra,
Airmen Pankaj Sangwan
Airmen SK Singh
Non-combatant Rajesh Kumar