Challenge for New Defence Minister: An-32 got Missing with no trace

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Challenge for New Defence Minister: An-32 got Missing with no trace

Flying from Jorhat in Assam at 1227 hours for the Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) in Arunachal Pradesh, An-32 transport aircraft got missing with 13 persons on Monday.

8 were crew members and other 5 were onboard. "The aircraft was in contact with ground security for 1300 hrs but when it didn't reach destination actions were taken", said IAF.

Initiatives have been taken to locate aircraft, IAF taking advantage of C-130j and An-32 and Mi-17 helicopters has started the mission to search the missing. Force is also using Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH).

Newly appointed Modi Cabinet-2, Defence Minister Mr. Rajnath Singh was also reported about the missing aircraft. On this he spoke to Vice Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal RS Bhhadauria and tweeted, 'he apprised me of steps taken to find the missing aircraft. I pray for the safety of all passengers on board.'

IAF said, "Some ground reports were received about the location but no wreckage has been located yet."

This is not the only case of An-32 aircraft gone missing.

In year 2009 the IAF lost another An-32 aircraft which was found crashed near a village in West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh, killing all the 13 defense personnel in mishap.

Also, in year 2016 June, An-32 also got missing from Chennai and when it was last contacted it was reported 16 min later. after which a month later in a court inquiry it was concluded that those on board were pre-assumed to be dead.

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