On Monday, The AN-32 that was carrying 13 people onboard lost its contact with ground controllers at 1 pm.
New Delhi: The absence of advanced avionics, radars or emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) in the missing Indian Air Force AN-32 is learnt to be the barrier in locating it, TOI reported.
While the massive search operation to detect any trace of the wreckage in the densely-forested hilly area of Arunachal Pradesh is on, no clue of the missing medium transport aircraft has been gathered yet.
On Monday, The AN-32 that was carrying 13 people (eight crew members and five passengers) onboard, stopped responding and lost its contact with ground controllers at 1 pm.
Since an outdated ''Sabre-8'' ELT or beacon, that was yet to be upgraded with airframe strengthening was installed in the cargo compartment of the AN-32, became a major issue in tracing the aircraft.
Satellites, spy aircraft, fighters, helicopters and foot soldiers all are conducting an intense search operation on the ''probable crash zone'' in the Along-Payum-Tato area. The officials have not received distress signals from the AN-32.
The aircraft last contacted ground sources at 1 PM on Monday after taking off from Assam’s Jorhat airbase at 12:25 pm.