29 on board missing AN-32 presumed dead, says IAF


Indian Air Force has declared that no evidence have been found in missing AN-32 plane on July 22. The rescue operators have done inquiry regarding the matter but no reports have been found.

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Several rescue operations have been carried out but it has been finished now. Around 29 people who were on board has declared dead by IAF.

"It is with a feeling of profound sadness that the court of Inquiry has recommended that your son/daughter be presumed to have been fatally injured," letter by IAF said.

“The families have been given the information so that they can go ahead with insurance and other administrative formalities.” IAF sources said.

"The search for missing AN32 is still in progress," defence sources said.  The rescue operators are facing problems as plane did not have an underwater locator system.

"No fewer than 201 search and rescue sorties, using all suitable aircraft at our disposal were undertaken. Approximately 2,17,800 square nautical miles (Sq Nm) have been covered multiple times by these aircraft," the letter stated. 

"International emergency response teams and satellites from USA also did not help in getting any concrete information about the missing aircraft," it added.

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