The wreckage of an An-32 aircraft that went missing with 13 on board last week was found in a remote area in Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday. The wreckage was found after eight days of intense search by the Indian Air Force.

The first images of the wreckage of the AN-32 emerged early on Wednesday, 12 June.

The first visuals show debris from the aircraft and charred trees, indicating that there was a big fire when the plane went down.

The wreckage was found about 16 Kms North of Lipo, North East of Tato, Payum circle of Siang district.

The wreckage was spotted by an IAF Mi-17 helicopter at an approximate elevation of 12,000 ft.

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IAF took to Twitter to share the news and said: “The wreckage of the missing #An32 was spotted today 16 km north of Lipo, north east of Tato at an approximate elevation of 12000 ft by the IAF Mi-17 Helicopter undertaking search in the expanded search zone.” The force added that “efforts are now continuing to establish the status of occupants & establish survivors”.

Defence PRO, Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh said that “a team comprising personnel from IAF, Army and civil mountaineers have been airlifted to a location close to the crash site” after having located it.

According to IAF, due to high elevation and dense forests, helicopters could not land next to the crash site. However, the nearest landing site was identified and the rescue operations began on Wednesday morning.

Ground search team reached the crash site last night and local mountaineers have also been roped in for the rescue operation of An 32.

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