New Delhi, June 9 : The AN-32 has been missing for over five days now and there is no news about the wherabouts of the pilots and crew members, therefore the IAF today announced a reward of Rs 5 lakhs who could give information about the location of the missing aircraft.
Air Marshal R.D. Mathur, AOC-in-C , Eastern Air Command, announced the cash award for the person(s) or group who provide credible information leading to finding of the aircraft. Meamwhile, the Siang district administration in Arunachal Pradesh announced a cash award of Rs 50,000 for information on the aircraft.
The An-32 had taken off from Jorhat in eastern Assam for the Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground about 30 km from the India-China border in Shi-Yomi district. Ground control lost contact with the aircraft 35 minutes after take-off.
“It is not easy for people to move through dense jungles during monsoon because of venomous snakes, leeches and toxic insects, such as the dumdum fly. The Rs 50,000 [award] is to encourage them to take a risk for the cause of the IAF personnel,” a district official said, declining to be quoted.
Phone numbers for sharing information relating to the aircraft are — 9436499477 / 9402077267 / 9402132477, he said.
Search operations to trace the Indian Air Force (IAF) AN-32 aircraft failed to yield any result for the sixth consecutive day on Saturday, despite concerted efforts by various agencies.
The inhospitable terrain and thick vegetation is affecting the mission. Add to that, inclement weather and low visibility throughout the day posed a serious challenge to the aerial operations,” he said.
The authorities of four districts associated with river Siang,the Arunachal Pradesh part of Tibet’s Yarlung Zangbo, which joins two other rivers to form the Brahmaputra in Assam downstream – had on Thursday formed teams of local people, the Indian Army, the state police and the ITBP carried out intense search operation all Saturday but to no avail, Singh said.