New Delhi: While a massive search operation is on to locate the missing AN-32 aircraft, the IAF on Saturday announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh to anyone who provides information about the transport aircraft’s location.
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Air Command, Air Marshal RD Mathur made the announcement for the cash reward and released phone numbers where people can contact the Air Force with information — 0378-3222164, 9436499477, 9402077267 and 9402132477.
The Russian-made aircraft, with 13 people on board went missing in Arunachal Pradesh after taking off from Assam’s Jorhat on June 3. The transport aircraft took off from Jorhat at 12:27 pm on Monday for the Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground. Its last contact with the ground control was at 1 pm.
The air force is undertaking a massive search operation to trace the plane and all the three armed forces have deployed their assets in the search operation.
The assets deployed for the operation include Sukhoi-30 aircraft in addition to a fleet of C-130J and An-32 planes and Mi-17 and ALH helicopters. The ground forces include troops from the Army, Indo Tibetan Border Police and state police.
Despite deploying its best resources, IAF is yet to locate the aircraft due to inclement weather condition.