The Indian Air Force (IAF) affirmed no survivors being found in the Soviet origin AN-32 aircraft crash that happened on June 3 in Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday.
Rescue teams had been on search for the missing crew members and passengers after the missing wreckage of the AN-32 was spotted 16 kilometres north of Lipo in Arunachal Pradesh on June 11.
The IAF said in its tweet that the search of 8 rescue teams found no traces of survivors and is deeply saddened by the incident.
Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu, too, expressed grief and paid tributes to the “brave Air Warriors who attained martyrdom.”
8 crew members and 5 passengers aboard the ill-fated AN-32 had lost communication which went missing, minutes after it took-off from Jorhat in Assam on June 3. The tactical transport aircraft was headed to Mechuka Advance Landing Ground airstrip in the eastern Himalayas of Arunachal Pradesh’s West Siang district.