Missing IAF Aircraft Update: Search intensifies

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The search for the missing IAF AN-32 Aircraft is still on. In an effort a joint operation of the civil police, army and AirForce is underway in a suspected crash location in an area of about 2500 sq km which falls under the Kaying and Payum circle of Arunachal Pradesh’s Siang District.

The Arunachal DGP has informed that three persons from the Tumbin village had seen a thick black smoke originating from a different mountain on the day and time of incident. The site is located at an aerial distance of about 7kms towards the Molo village.

Further, the DGP stated that in addition to three search parties, one party from Shi- Yomi district and one Army team is also climbing to possible locations in search of the aircraft.

It may be noted that the search is impossible in the mountainous terrain without the help of the locals. Therefore, three to four locals have been involved in each team to trace out the missing Aircraft and the people on-board.

The teams have been divided into three ranges – Bayor range (in front of Tumbin village), Pari (in front of molo village and Sibir- Virgong mountain range (between Molo- Tumbin). All these ranges fall under the Payum administrative circle and are in the line of Aircraft route. Necessary logistic support have been provided to them.

The Bayor team had also tracked yesterday but could not find out any trace of the aircraft.

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