Bhubaneswar: The Indian Air Force on Thursday paid tribute to the brave air-warriors who lost their lives during the AN-32 aircraft crash on June 3.
Earlier in the day, the IAF said that search teams “did not find any survivors and the families of the 13 personnel on board the aircraft had been informed.
IAF Pays tribute to the brave Air-warriors who lost their life during the #An32 crash on 03 Jun 2019 and stands by with the families of the victims. May their soul rest in peace.
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) June 13, 2019
This includes Odisha’s Sunit Mohanty, son of former IAF employee Surendranath Mohanty of Baliapalli village, who had joined IAF back in 2012. He was the co-pilot of the missing plane.
Notably, the wreckage of the missing aircraft was spotted at 16kms North of Lipo and North-East of Tato at an approximate elevation of 12,000 ft in Arunachal Pradesh.
A rescue team consisting of 15 mountaineers reached the AN-32 crash site and launched a search operation but it could not locate any survivors. Later, the families of the 13 personnel were informed that there are no survivors.
Subsequently, the Indian Air Force declared all the 13 personnel including a wing commander, a squadron leader, four flight lieutenants and seven other personnel dead.
The Soviet-origin twin-engine turboprop Antonov-32 military transport plane was carrying 13 passengers from Assam’s Jorhat to a remote base in Arunachal Pradesh when it went missing at around 12:25 pm, half an hour after it took off.