IAF aircraft goes missing with 12 onboard

Official sources in Itanagar said the AN-32 cargo aircraft, on a routine food supply sortie, went missing after it left Mechuka at around 2 pm in Arunachal Pradesh’s Along district.
The plane went off the radar at 4:30 pm, sources said.

The identity of the crew and other passengers was not disclosed but an IAF spokesman in Shillong said the air crew was led by a wing commander.

Among the IAF men were two wing commanders, two squadron leaders and one flight lieutenant. There were 12 people in the plane—two pilots, six IAF men and four army personnel—who were returning to the Roroya air base at Jorhat after dropping food sorties, said the sources.

Director General of Arunachal Pradesh police Ajay Chadda, however, said in Itanagar the cargo plane was carrying 13 persons.

The IAF conducted an air reconnaissance in the afternoon in the Arunachal mountains looking for either the plane or its wreckage, the IAF spokesman said in Shillong. Not ruling out the possibility of a crash, he said the search operation would resume early Wednesday.

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