10 June : A transport aircraft of Indian Air Force with six air crew, including a wing commander, and as many civilians went missing on Tuesday after taking off fromMechuka in West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh and is feared to have crashed.
The AN 32 aircraft, on a routine air maintenance sortie, took off from Mechuka at around 2:00 p.m. for Jorhat in Assam after which it went missing, a spokesman at the Eastern Air Command here said.
The identity of the crew and other passengers were not disclosed but the spokesman said the air crew was led by a wing commander.The plane, belonging to Jorhat air base, had taken off from Mohanbari in Assam’s Dibrugarh district.
The Indian Air Force conducted an air reconnaissance on Tuesday afternoon in the Arunachal mountains looking for either the plane or its wreckage, the spokesman said.Search begins to trace missing IAF transport aircraft
Indian Air Force on Wednesday began aerial reconnaissance to trace the transport aircraft with 13 on board that went missing over the mountains of Arunachal Pradesh and was feared to have crashed.
IAF helicopters were scouting the Mechuka-Jorhat route from where the aircraft went missing.The IAF spokesman refused to disclose the identity of the crew and other passengers but said the crew was led by a Wing Commander.
Sources in the Eastern Air Command said the crew comprised some senior officials, including squadron leaders.