Missing AN-32’s wreckage located by IAF copter

By Moderator June 12, 2019 13:39

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The wreckage of the missing An-32’s transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force was spotted at a remote location in high mountains, close to the China border.

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  • The jet was carrying 13 passengers from Assam’s Jorhat to a remote base in Arunachal Pradesh when it went missing, half an hour after it took off on June 3.
  • The IAF launched a massive operation to trace the missing aircraft but the search was badly hit by poor weather conditions.
  • The assets deployed for the rescue operation included Sukhoi-30 aircraft in addition to a fleet of C-130J and missing An-32’s planes and Mi-17 and ALH helicopters.
  • Apart from that ground forces included troops from the Army, Indo Tibetan Border Police and state police. Isro’s Cartosat and RISAT satellites were also used to take images of the area around Menchuka.

About An-32

  • The An-32 is a twin-engine, tactical light transport aircraft designed and manufactured by Antonov Design Bureau of Ukraine for the Indian Air Force (IAF).
  • IAF currently operates a sizeable number of it.
  • They are four decades old but are rugged and dependable, according to some officers. A major upgrade process is on to extend its service life. The aircraft that went down was not an upgraded one.
  • All AN-32’s have Flight Data Recorders (FDR) or black boxes that, once recovered and analysed, would provide critical details of what went wrong with the aircraft and how it crashed.

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Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/wreckage-of-missing-an-32-plane-located/article27796977.ece

By Moderator June 12, 2019 13:39