There were no survivors in the crash of its An-32 aircraft, wreckage of which was found in Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday, Indian Air Force has confirmed.
An 8-member team of rescuers was airlifted on Wednesday close to the crash site of the IAF’s An-32 aircraft in Arunachal Pradesh to look for possible survivors.
The wreckage of the An-32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force was spotted in a heavily forested mountainous terrain by an IAF Mi-17 helicopter, eight days after it went missing with 13 people on board on June 3.
Paying tribute to those who lost their life in the An-32 crash, Indian Air Force said it stands by with families of the victims.
After operation was hit due to bad weather and difficult terrain, the team finally reached the crash site on Thursday morning.
The nine personnel from IAF’s mountaineering team, four from the Army and two civilian mountaineers were dispatched a day after the wreckage of the aircraft was located by an IAF Mi-17 helicopter at a height of 12,000 ft near Gatte village on the border of Siang and Shi-Yomi districts in Arunachal Pradesh following an eight-day-long, muti-agency search.
The area is thickly forested and has been receiving heavy rains since the last three days, according to local officials.