A search operation to retrieve the mortal remains of the people who died in the AN-32 crash on June 3 were hampered due to inclement weather in the area, the Indian Air Force (IAF) said on Saturday.
The IAF said, “Early this morning rescue effort to retrieve the mortal remains of the air-warriors who laid down their life in the line of duty commenced. However, the progress has got hampered due to inclement weather in the area.”
The IAF further said that Cheetah and ALH helicopters have been put on stand-by to commence the operations once the weather improves.
“At present there are low clouds associated with rain in the area. #IAF in making all efforts to retrieve the mortal remains of the deceased air-warriors,” IAF said.
“IAF personnel are in constant contact with the families of these air-warriors and are being updated regularly about the ongoing recuse operations. They are also being explained the challenges about the weather,” the IAF added.
On June 3, IAF AN-32 transport aircraft went missing after taking off from Assam’s Jorhat.
It took off from Jorhat at 12.25 pm for Menchuka Advance Landing ground in Arunachal Pradesh and lost contact after 1 pm. A total of 8 crew members and 5 passengers were onboard the aircraft.