New Delhi, June 6: The Indian National Congress on Wednesday flayed the Centre and Defence ministry for not upgrading the IAF's AN-32 transport aircraft fleet despite an agreement signed in 2009 with Ukraine.
The comments came two days after an AN-32 aircraft with 13 onboard which had taken off from Jorhat in Assam for the Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground in Arunachal Pradesh went missing.
Quoting a media report, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala took to micro-blogging site Twitter and said,'Pray for safety & well-being of IAF personnel & crew of missing Aircraft AN-32. Sad to know that missing AN-32 had SOS Signal Unit that’s Obsolete Govt must tell- Why was upgradation of AN-32 not completed despite India & Ukraine agreement of 2009?'
Search operations are underway in the areas of Along, Payum and Tato, 30 km away from Mechuka Advance Landing Ground in Arunachal Pradesh near the China border.With time running out, Indian Space Research Organisation on Tuesday deployed CARTOSAT and RISAT satellites and the Navy pressed into service its spy aircraft, aiding the efforts to search for the aircraft in Assam-Arunachal Pradesh region. (UNI)