In a major development, the Indian Air Force on Monday, June 10 confirmed that the wreckage of the missing An 32 was found.
The official Twitter handle of the Indian air force said that the wreckage was spotted at 16 kilometers north of Lipo and northeast of Tapo at an approximate elevation of 12000 feet by the Indian Air Force Mi-17 helicopter, that was involved in search operations.
Here's the tweet by the Indian Air Force:
The confirmation by the IAF came minutes after sources informed Republic TV that the wreckage has been found.
The Indian Air force had lost contact with an AN-32 Aircraft on Monday, which was overdue to arrive at the Menchuka Advanced Landing Ground at Arunachal Pradesh.
The aircraft which was a transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force, made the last contact with ground sources at 1 PM after taking off from the Jorhat airbase in Assam at 12:25 PM. There had reportedly been no contact since. All 13 persons on board the aircraft were air warriors - 8 crew and 5 passengers.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) which had initially launched a search operation for the missing aircraft using a Sukhoi-30 combat aircraft and a C-130 Special Ops aircraft, intensified the search in the successive days roping in the help of Indian Army, police, paramilitary forces, and the local population. The Government of Arunachal Pradesh ably assisted the forces in the search and rescue, with the Chief Minister and Chief Secretary monitoring the operation directly.
Meanwhile, IAF also informed that efforts are being made to establish the status of occupants and establish survivors.