New Delhi, June 18: Indian Air Force (IAF) on Thursday
said it has recovered the Black Box of the AN-32 transport
aircraft that crashed on June 9 in Arunachal Pradesh killing
13 armed forces personnel on board.
"The Black Box which was recovered last night, has
been taken to Jorhat airbase in Assam for carrying out
analysis," IAF sources said here.
"If the analysis facility in Jorhat is not able to
decode the Black Box, it will then be taken to the nearest
base repair depot where the process will be carried out,"
The IAF`s workhorse cargo airplane had crashed killing
seven Air Force men and six Army personnel who were on board
after it took off from Mechuka advanced landing ground in
Upper Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh.
The aircraft, which belonged to a transport squadron
in Jorhan, was flying to Mohanbari in Assam when the mishap
It took almost 24-hours for the state police,
para-military and IAF personnel to search and locate the crash
The Ukraine built AN-32s were acquired by India in
1984 and currently IAF operates five squadrons of around 100
aircraft of this make. The AN-32s have the capability to carry
20 tonnes of cargo or 40 fully armed forces personnel.
India has just signed a USD 400 billion deal with
Ukraine for modernising the ageing fleet of AN-32s with IAF.
An AN-32 had crashed in February 2000 at the
Vijaynagar advanced landing ground in Arunachal Pradesh.
Another aircraft of this type went down near Palam
airport here in March 1999 killing 21 personnel on board.
In 1992, two AN-32 transport aircraft collided mid air
during formation flying.