On 3 June 2019, an Antonov An-32 twin engine turboprop transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force route from Jorhat Airport in Assam to Mechuka in Arunachal Pradesh.The transporter aircraft was going for advanced landing ground near the border with China on June 3 when it had lost contact around half-an-hour after taking off.
There were 13 people on board.After eight days of a massive search operation, the wreckage of the plane was spotted by an IAF chopper at a height of 12,000 feet near Gatte village on the border of Siang and Shi-Yomi districts.
The rescue operations that were being carried out by Garud commandos, civilian porters and hunters were suspended for days due to bad weather conditions.Indian Navy aircraft Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft P8i and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) satellites have joined the search to locate the aircraft. CARTOSAT and RISAT satellites of ISRO are being used to capture images of the area.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday morning paid homage to An-32 plane crash victims in New Delhi.
Those killed were Wing Commander GM Charles, Squadron Leader H Vinod, Flight Lieutenant MK Garg, Flight Lieutenant S Mohanty, Flight Lieutenant A Tanwar, Flight Lieutenant R Thapa, Warrant Officer KK Mishra, Sergeant Anoop Kumar, Corporal Sherin, Leading Aircraftman SK Singh and Leading Aircraftman Pankaj.
“IAF pays tribute to the brave air-warriors who lost their life in the line of duty”. The cause of the crash is still not known. The black box of the aircraft has also been damaged extensively during the crash. This may lead to delays in knowing the exact cause of the crash.