The Government has given its best to trace out missing AN32 aircraft, Union Minister General (Retired) V K Singh said on Sunday, assuring families of 13 brave soldiers and stated that the government and defence forces are working tirelessly to locate it.
As even after seven days there is no clue about the whereabouts of AN32 aircraft on Sunday the Union Minister came out with assurance and tweet, “As a soldier, I empathize with the families of these 13 brave men. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you our government and defence forces are working tirelessly in harsh weather conditions, in particularly challenging geography to find the AN 32 aircraft.”
The aircraft with 13 IAF personnel onboard went missing on Monday afternoon after taking off from Jorhat. It was headed for Menchuka advanced landing ground in Arunachal Pradesh when it lost contact with the ground authorities at 1300 hours.
During massive hunt, there is no sighting of it. Search missions by other sensors will be carried during the night also, an IAF source said.
Massive efforts are on to locate AN-32 transport aircraft with the Air Force deploying Navy’s P-8I aircraft and Global 5000 surveillance aircraft along with NTRO satellites on the fifth day since it went missing over Arunachal Pradesh, the source added.
Apart from these, Su-30MKI combat aircraft, C-130J special operations aircraft, several choppers, UAVs and even ground troops are carrying out search missions to locate the plane.