IAF’s AN-32 aircraft with 13 onboard goes missing


    Nation Next Newsroom | Jun 3, 2019 18:26

    AN-32, an Indian Air Force (IAF) transport aircraft, with 13 people on board went missing after taking off from Assam’s Jorhat at 12.24 pm on Monday.
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    AN-32, an Indian Air Force (IAF) transport aircraft, with 13 people on board went missing after taking off from Assam’s Jorhat at 12.24 pm on Monday.

    The aircraft was headed towards Mechuka Advance Landing Ground in Arunachal Pradesh when it went off the radar. As per reports, AN-32 last contact with the ground crew was at 1 pm.

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh while informing about the incident 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.”

    In 2016, an IAF AN-32 aircraft had gone missing while flying over Bay of Bengal after taking off from Chennai and while heading for Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Even after a massive search operation, the aircraft was never found and all the 29 people onboard were presumed dead.