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IAF’s transport plane crashes; 13 feared dead

New Delhi-Wreckage of an Indian Air Force (IAF) AN-32 transport plane that missing over Arunachal Pradesh on Monday afternoon has been found. The 13 people on board are feared dead. The wreckage has been found between Talo and Mechuka, where the plane was scheduled to land.
The aircraft got airborne today from Jorhat at 1225 hours for Mechuka Advance Landing Ground. The aircraft last contacted ground agencies at 1300 hours, thereafter there has been no contact. Since the aircraft did not reach the airfield, ‘overdue action’ was initiated by IAF.Overdue action is IAF nomenclature to define a ‘missing plane’.
A total of eight crew, including six officers and five passengers were onboard the aircraft.
Earlier, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in a tweet: “Spoke to Vice Chief of @IAF_MCC, Air Marshal Rakesh Singh Bhadauria regarding the missing IAF AN-32 Aircraft which is overdue for some hours. He has apprised me of the steps taken by the IAF to find the missing aircraft. I pray for the safety of all passengers on board”.