Intensifying its search for the missing AN-32 flight, the Air Force on Wednesday has said that despite harsh weather conditions all leads from the airborne sensors are being followed up in the search operation, both by aircraft and ground teams.
Explaining the delay in commencing the day's search operation, the IAF has informed that with the aid of the other military branches, the search for the missing aircraft will continue through the night.
Sources have reported that while helicopters will cease to operate at night in the search and rescue operation, two SUs and C-130Js will be carrying out night missions to locate the missing aircraft.
Search operations have been continuously on for the missing AN-32 aircraft since Monday when Indian Air force had lost contact with the aircraft which was overdue to arrive at the Menchuka Advanced Landing Ground at Arunachal Pradesh.
Airforce sources had confirmed that the aircraft, which is a transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force, made 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.
Sources had also reported that 13 members were on board the aircraft - of which 8 were crew members including two pilots and five passengers - all air warriors, no civilians.
Following this, a massive hunt for the missing aircraft had been commenced by the Indian Air force. A Sukhoi-30 combat aircraft and a C-130 Special Ops aircraft has already been dispatched on a search mission for locating the IAF aircraft AN-32. The Indian airforce which has a fleet of around 100 AN-32s, inducted in the early 1980s has put all its available resources in locating the N-32 aircraft which was headed to the Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground located near the Indo-China border in Arunachal Pradesh.
Earlier on Tuesday, the IAF notified that for the Aircraft that was last contacted ground sources at 1 PM, the search operation will continue from the air and by ground parties of the Indian Army through the night. They also added that some reports of possible location of crash site were received, however, no wreckage had been sighted so far.