Hyderabad | Jagran News Desk: The Indian Air force (IAF) on Saturday said its operation to retrieve the bodies of the 13 people who were killed in the AN-32 crash on June 3 were hampered due to inclement weather in the area.

The IAF in a statement said that Cheetah and ALH Helicopters are on standby to commence operations once the weather improves.

“IAF personnel are in constant contact with the families of these air-warriors and are being updated regularly about the ongoing rescue operations. They are also being explained the challenges about the weather,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa also said that the IAF will find the cause of the recent AN-32 crash and ensure that such accidents do not happen again.

"We have recovered the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder...We will go into the detail (to ascertain) as to what happened and how do we make sure that it does not happen again," said Dhanoa to the reporters on the sidelines of Combined Graduation Parade at Air Force Academy in Dundigal.

Dhanoa was responding to a query on the accident involving the AN-32 transport aircraft in Arunachal Pradesh, which left 13 people dead.

"In Arunachal Pradesh, the terrain is very treacherous and most of the time, it is cloudy...When you are flying in that terrain, in that cloudy weather, there have been many, not only Air Force, even otherwise, Pawan Hans and all, accidents, because of controlled flight into terrain," he said.

The AN-32 went missing in the afternoon of June 3, around 33 minutes after taking off from Jorhat in Assam for Menchuka in Arunachal Pradesh.

After eight days of a massive search operation, the wreckage of the plane was spotted by an IAF Mi-17 on June 11 at a height of 12,000 feet near Gatte village on the border of Siang and Shi-Yomi districts.

(with agency inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma