ARunchal Pradesh, June 20 : Six bodies and mortal remains of seven others have been recovered on Thursday from the site where an Indian Air Force An-32 aircraft crashed in the mountains of Arunachal Pradesh on June 3. The bodies and the remains will be taken to the Air Force base in Jorhat.
The wreckage of the missing aircraft was located by a Mi-17 helicopter on June 11, following which a massive operation to search for the bodies or possible survivors was launched.
The plane, a Soviet-designed twin engine turboprop transport aircraft, had vanished from the radar around 1 pm on June 3 while flying from Assam’s Jorhat to Mechuka, a military landing strip in Arunachal.
The debris was found in the mountains at a height of around 12,000 feet. It was apparent that the An-32 had crashed into a mountain amid bad weather and poor visibility because of clouds.
The aircraft’s all-important cockpit voice recorder (CVR) and the flight data recorder or the black box were recovered last week. The black box has suffered damage and an investigation by the Air Force to find out the actual cause of the crash may take more time.