2019 Indian Air Force An-32 crash

On 3 June 2019, an Antonov An-32 twin engine turboprop transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force en route from Jorhat Airport in Assam to Mechuka in Arunachal Pradesh lost contact with ground control about 33 minutes after takeoff. There were 13 people on board. After a week-long search operation, the wreckage with no survivors was found near Pari hills close to Gatte village in Arunachal Pradesh at the elevation of 12000 feet.

2019 Indian Air Force An-32 crash
K2717 Antonov An.32 Indian Air Force (8414615752)
An Indian Air Force Antonov An-32 similar to the crashed aircraft
Date3 June 2019
SummaryCrashed in hilly terrain
SiteNear Pari hills close to Gatte village, Arunachal Pradesh, India
Aircraft typeAntonov An-32
OperatorIndian Air Force
Flight originJorhat Airport Air Force Station, Assam, India
DestinationMechuka Advanced Landing Ground, Arunachal Pradesh, India


There were 13 Indian Air Force personnel, eight crew members and five passengers; on board the aircraft.[1][2][3] None of them survived the crash.[4]

Search operation

The Antonov An-32 twin engine turboprop transport aircraft was en route from Jorhat Airport in Assam to Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground in Arunachal Pradesh on 3 June 2019. The aircraft took off from Johrat at 12:27 pm IST and lost contact with ground control at 1 pm IST, about 33 minutes after takeoff.[1][3]

After eight days of search operation that had been hindered by poor weather, on 11 June 2019, the wreckage of the aircraft was found near Pari hills close to Gatte village, 16 km north of Lipo in Arunachal Pradesh, at 12,000 feet elevation.[4][5] The Indian Air Force had previously offered a cash reward of 5 lakh (US$7,200) for anyone who could share information on the aircraft.[6] A fleet of Sukhoi-30, C-130J and An-32 aircraft and Mi-17 and ALH helicopters as well as the Indian Army, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and the state police forces were deployed for the search operation. The Indian Navy's P-8i aircraft was also deployed. ISRO's Cartosat and RISAT satellites were also used.[7]

On 12 June 2019, a team of 15 rescuers were airdropped near the crash site, but were unable to reach the location due to rough terrain and bad weather.[8] The next day the rescue team reached the site and reported that there were no survivors, and that they had recovered the aircraft's flight recorders.[1][9]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Berlinger, Joshua (6 June 2019). "Indian military plane vanishes mid-flight". CNN. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Indian air force finds wreckage of missing plane". Reuters. 11 June 2019. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Goodbye bravehearts: Nation bids farewell to 13 IAF personnel killed in An-32 crash". India Today. 2019-06-13. Retrieved 2019-06-14.
  4. ^ a b "AN-32 crash: no survivors, all 13 people on board dead, IAF says". The Times of India. 2019-06-13. Retrieved 2019-06-14.
  5. ^ "Missing An-32: Wreckage of aircraft found in Arunachal after 8 days, confirms Air Force". India Today. 11 June 2019. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Air Force announces Rs 5 lakh reward for information on missing AN-32 aircraft". India Today. 9 June 2019. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Rescue Operation Begins at Crash Site of IAF's AN-32, Mi17s, Advanced Helicopters Being Used". News18. Retrieved 2019-06-14.
  8. ^ Bhalla, Abhishek (12 June 2019). "An-32 aircraft wreckage: Rescue teams face inclement weather, to camp overnight in Arunachal jungles near crash site". India Today. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  9. ^ "IAF team recovers An-32 black box from crash site". India Today. 13 June 2019. Retrieved 13 June 2019.

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