The wreckage of the Indian Air Force AN-32 which went missing on June 3, has been found north of Lipo in Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday. Confirming the development, the IAF said tweeted: "The wreckage of the missing An32 was spotted today 16 Kms North of Lipo, North East of Tato at an approximate elevation of 12000 ft by the #IAF Mi-17 Helicopter undertaking search in the expanded search zone."
The IAF said that efforts are on to establish the status of occupants and establish survivors. "Further details will be communicated as the recovery actions progress," the IAF said.
With eight crew members and five armed forces personnel on board, the IAF aircraft had lost contact with the ground control before it went off radar on June 3.
Here is the list of IAF personnel on board the missing AN-32 aircraft
On Saturday, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa had reviewed the overall search operation at a high-level meeting in Assam's Jorhat airbase. He also interacted with families of the officers and airmen who were on board the aircraft.
The assets deployed for the operation included Sukhoi-30 aircraft in addition to a fleet of C-130J and AN-32 planes and Mi-17 and ALH helicopters while the ground forces included troops from the Army, Indo Tibetan Border Police and state police. The IAF had also announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh for providing credible information about the location of the missing aircraft.