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Added on : 2019-06-03 17:51:44

An AN-32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force with 13 people onboard has gone missing after taking off from Jorhat in Assam. A total of eight crew and five passengers are onboard the aircraft.

The aircraft was headed to Mechuka Advance Landing Ground, the landing strip in the eastern Himalayas of Arunachal Pradesh’s West Siang district. The landing strip is about 30-odd km from the nearest point on the India-China border. The transport aircraft took off from Jorhat at 12.25 pm.

The Air Force has launched a search operation and spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel P Khongsai said every effort was being made to locate the missing plane. Soldiers of the Indian Army and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police are helping in the search besides helicopters.

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