Shillong, June 09: A transport plane of Indian Air
Force carrying eight IAF personnel and went missing today over
the mountains of Arunachal Pradesh and is feared to have
crashed, an IAF spokesman said here.
The AN-32 plane had flown from Dibrugarh in Assam to
Mechuka in Arunachal from where it took off again with the
civilians for Jorhat at around 2 pm, after which the aircraft
went missing, said IAF spokesman Wing Commander P Sahu.
He said the plane was feared to have crashed.
The six civilians were being ferried as part of the IAF
plane`s regular sortie.
An aerial search operation over the dense forests and
mountains of Arunachal Pradesh bordering Bhutan where the
plane might have crashed was carried out but neither the
wreckage nor bodies could be located, Sahu said.
The search would resume tomorrow and army and
paramilitary personnel in the area have been put on alert.