File Pic: DD NEWSThe mortal remains of all the 13 people, who were onboard the crashed Indian Air Force AN 32 helicopter, have been recovered from the accident site at Siang district in Arunachal Pradesh.
Defence sources told AIR that a team of 19 trekkers recovered the bodies. The team, which included Garud commandos and Special Forces of the Army, started the mission to recover the bodies last week on Wednesday, a day after the wreckage was spotted.
The mission was affected due to inclement weather. Helicopters including Mi17, Cheetah were unable to reach the site.
The sources said, the mortal remains are likely to taken to Jorhat first and follow up action will be taken after that. The helicopter lost contact on its way to Mechuka from Jorhat on the 3rd of this month.
AIR correspondent reports that it took 8 to 9 days for the specialised team to recover the bodies of 13 air warriors from the crash site. The retrieval mission was affected due to inclement weather. The mountaineers had to face tough time but they have been able to recover the bodies. Helicopters including Mi17, Cheetah had been unable to approach to the site due to weather and cloud cover over the crash site. The bodies and mortal remains are likely to taken to Jorhat first and follow up actions will be taken thereafter. The AN 32 helicopter lost its contact on its way to Mechuka from Jorhat on 3rd of this month. The wreckage of the aircraft was spotted on 11th of this month.