AN-32 has served IAF for 35 years. We can’t turn our back on ageing workhorse now


My heart goes out to the families, friends and colleagues of all the 13 Indian Air Force personnel who lost their lives in the recent AN-32 crash in the forested mountainous region of Arunachal Pradesh.

Being in the Air Force family for over four decades, I am aware of how challenging it can be for those involved in the search and rescue mission; it is like looking for a needle in that jungle. Determination unified our national effort that did eventually succeed in locating the crash site.

During the eight days of wait since the Russian-origin AN-32 aircraft crashed on 3 June, many reports and media analysis came out in public domain. Read More

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