Itanagar, June 20: Seventeen days after Indian Air Force (AIF) AN-32 aircraft
crashed in the north eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, the remains of the 13 air warriors who were on-board the ill-fated aircraft have been recovered from the crash site.
“Six bodies and seven mortal remains were recovered from the crash site,”
Guwahati-based Defence PRO Lt Col P Khongsai said in a statement on Thursday.
It may be mentioned that the wreckage of the ill-fated aircraft was located near Gatte village under Payum Circle in Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh after extensive search operations on June 11. Team of 15 mountaineers were dropped near the crash site the very next day and later three more mountaineers joined the rescue team. The flight data recorder (FDR) and cockpit voice recorder (CVR) were recovered from the crash site.
The IAF had announced that no survivors were found. On June 3, the ill-fated AN-32 aircraft took off from Jorhat airbase for Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) in Arunachal Pradesh.