Bloodthirsty insects and hostile weather: Retrieving AN-32 crash victims' bodies 'tougher' than scaling Everest
The mountaineers on the mission to retrieve the mortal remains of the slain IAF personnel had to brave treacherous terrain for the families who had lost their near and dear ones.
In a written response to a question in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik said equipment fitted on AN-32 aircraft are functional and serviceable on all aircraft that are flying.
Replying to supplementaries during the Question Hour, Rajnath Singh termed the accident as unfortunate but made it clear that there was no problem with the airworthiness of the aircraft.
A 15-member search and rescue team stranded for 17 days at the An-32 crash site in Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh was rescued by IAF helicopters on Saturday evening.
The IAF spokesman added that trekking down the hill is risky and dangerous considering the terrain and the area has been experiencing heavy rains in the last couple of days.
While talking about the 1999 war, Dhanoa also recalled how the integration of targeting pod, laser-guided bomb system for Mirage 2000 was done before the crucial Tiger Hill airstrike.
Squadron leader Vinod was the navigator of the AN-32. His final rites will be conducted with full military honours in Coimbatore.
The Russian-made aircraft crashed on June 3 in Arunachal Pradesh. The IAF traced the aircraft on June 11, but could not retrieve the bodies due to bad weather and hostile terrain.
AN-32 crash: Mortal remains of Flight Lieutenant Mohit Garg from Punjab's Samana consigned to flames
Heart-rending scenes were witnessed Friday morning after the mortal remains of Garg, draped in the tricolour, reached his home at Aggarsen colony here. His family members were inconsolable.
While six bodies were retrieved Wednesday from the crash site, the remains of seven others were recovered Thursday.
Two teams of 18 mountaineers have been holed out at the crash site in Siang district since June 12.
AN-32 crash: Bad weather forces IAF to change its rescue strategy to retrieve victims' mortal remains
The Air Force informed helicopters, including Mi17s, Cheetah and ALH have been unable to approach the site during the last three days, because of inclement weather in the valley.
The analysis is still on and the focus of the Air Force at the moment is to get the mortal remains of the 13 personnel back from the crash site.
A rescue team had recovered the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) and flight data recorder (FDR) of the Russian-origin aircraft at the crash site on Friday.
He said the IAF would also take steps to ensure such accidents do not recur.