AN-32 crash: Naveen condoles death of 13 air warriors

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Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today condoled the death of 13 Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel, who were onboard the AN-32 aircraft, which crashed in Arunachal Pradesh on June 3.

The IAF today confirmed that there were no survivors from the crash of AN-32 aircraft after a team of rescuers searched the wreckage of the plane in a heavily forested mountainous terrain.

Taking to microblogging site Twitter, Patnaik expressed grief over the death of the air warriors including the brave Flight Lieutenant Sunit Mohanty from Odisha’s Ganjam district.

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Sunit, son of former IAF employee Surendranath Mohanty of Baliapalli village, had joined IAF back in 2012. He was the co-pilot of the crashed plane.

Other IAF personnel who died in the crash are Wing Commander G M Charles, Squadron Leader H Vinod, Flight Lieutenants L R Thapa, MK Garg and Ashish Tanwar, Warrant officer K K Mishra, Sergeant Anoop Kumar, Corporal Sherin, LAC (leading aircraft man) S K Singh, LAC Pankaj, and non combatants Rajesh Kumar and Putali.

Notably, the wreckage of the missing aircraft was spotted at 16kms North of Lipo and North-East of Tato at an approximate elevation of 12,000 ft in Arunachal Pradesh.

A rescue team consisting of 15 mountaineers reached the AN-32 crash site and launched a search operation but it could not locate any survivors. Later, the families of the 13 personnel were informed that there are no survivors.

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