An AN-32 transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force with 13 people on board reportedly external link went missing on Monday afternoon around 33 minutes after taking off from Jorhat in Assam for Arunachal’s Menchuka close to the border with China.
According to the IAF the aircraft took off from Jorhat 12:27 pm, and its last contact with the ground control was at 1 pm.
The IAF has deployed C-130J and AN-32 aircraft next to two Mi-17 choppers while the Indian Army has pressed into service advance light helicopters to locate the missing Antonov AN-32 aircraft.
The AN-32 is a Soviet Union-origin twin-engine turboprop transport aircraft. The IAF was the aircraft’s launch customer.