The Indian Air Force (IAF) has announced to felicitate all those who “directly or indirectly” helped in locating the missing transport aircraft AN-32, recover the mortal remains of the passengers along with the black box in June this year.
To acknowledge the contributions made by the Government of Arunachal Pradesh and civilians during the search and rescue operation for the AN-32 aircraft, a felicitation programme will take place at the Advanced Landing Ground in Aalo, the district headquarters of West Siang on September 17th, 2019.
The commendation certificates and awards will be given away by the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Air Command.
In the letter addressed to Rajiv Takuk, Deputy Commissioner, Siang district, Air Marshal Sandeep Singh mentioned that the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) Eastern Air Command would like to “acknowledge the valiant efforts by felicitating the identified persons with certificates of commendation and appreciation along with disbursement of Rs 5 lakh which was announced as cash awards towards any help in locating the crash site”.
A total of ten persons including Takuk will be felicitated on September 17th, 2019. The other persons are: Taka Tamut (mountaineer), Kishon Tekseng (mountaineer), Tagung Tamut (mountaineer), Talik Darung (mountaineer), Okenma Mize (mountaineer), Tadut Tachung, Tasi Yapi, Taning Pangu and Ta Tum Tai. Taka will receive a Commendation certificate and medal by the AOC-in-C Eastern Air Command.
The AN-32 went off the radar after taking off from Jorhat Air Base on June 3rd, 2019. Minutes before landing at Menchuka Air Field in Arunachal Pradesh, the aircraft carrying 13 passengers lost contacts with the ground.
The rescue operations were hindered due to bad weather and high forestation. The wreckage of the jet was spotted in Lipo in Arunachal Pradesh. After around two weeks, the mortal remains were retrieved by the IAF with the help of the locals.
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