Missing IAF AN-32 Aircraft: ISRO satellites, Navy craft join search operation
New Delhi : IAF AN-32 Aircraft Missing News: Indian Navy’s Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft P8i and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) satellites have been deployed to find the missing Indian Air Force (IAF) AN-32 aircraft that had 13 passengers on board.
The transport aircraft with eight crew members and five passengers had taken off from Assam’s Jorhat airbase when it lost contact with ground staff while flying over Arunachal Pradesh.
“Today P-8i aircraft of Navy also joined in search operation. Army personnel are doing ground search and joined in with ALH Helicopter. Navy joined at P-8i. Local police and administration are helping Air Force to locate the aircraft. It is a difficult operation however we are using all our means, the electronic means, the electro-optical means. After analysing this we will do the visual lookout,” IAF spokesperson Group Capt. Anupam Banerjee said.
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He added,”ISRO satellites are also being used for photographing this area which will be analysed & used for further search operation. Next of kin of all the missing personnel have been informed about the search effort. We are in constant touch with them.”
According to a media report, ISRO has pressed into service its RISAT series of radar imaging satellites to look for the missing aircraft.