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Bodies of 13 IAF personnel retrieved

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GUWAHATI, June 13 - Bodies of all the 13 Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel who were on-board the ill-fated AN-32 aircraft were retrieved from the crash site in Arunachal Pradesh today. The black-box of the aircraft was also recovered by the eight-member rescue team that reached the crash site early this morning.

The AN-32 aircraft went missing on June 3 after taking off from Jorhat en route Mechuka in Arunachal Pradesh. The wreckage of the aircraft was first spotted on Tuesday, 16 km north of Lipo in Arunachal Pradesh.

�There was no survivor in the crash site of AN-32,� the IAF tweeted.

Sources said that the IAF helicopters would be pressed into action to ferry the bodies from the site, although the exact time was not disclosed.

The IAF further released the names of those who lost their lives in the tragic incident. They were Wing Commander GM Charles, S/L H Vinod, F/L R Thapa, F/L A Tanwar, F/L S Mohanty, F/L MK Garg, WO KK Mishra, Sgt Anoop Kumar, Cpl Sherin, LAC SK Singh, LAC Pankaj, NC(E) Putali and NC(E) Rajesh Kumar.

Defence sources further stated that the causes and circumstances leading to the crash would be ascertained only after analyzing the black-box.

Family members all the 13 IAF personnel have been informed about the recovery.

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Bodies of 13 IAF personnel retrieved

GUWAHATI, June 13 - Bodies of all the 13 Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel who were on-board the ill-fated AN-32 aircraft were retrieved from the crash site in Arunachal Pradesh today. The black-box of the aircraft was also recovered by the eight-member rescue team that reached the crash site early this morning.

The AN-32 aircraft went missing on June 3 after taking off from Jorhat en route Mechuka in Arunachal Pradesh. The wreckage of the aircraft was first spotted on Tuesday, 16 km north of Lipo in Arunachal Pradesh.

�There was no survivor in the crash site of AN-32,� the IAF tweeted.

Sources said that the IAF helicopters would be pressed into action to ferry the bodies from the site, although the exact time was not disclosed.

The IAF further released the names of those who lost their lives in the tragic incident. They were Wing Commander GM Charles, S/L H Vinod, F/L R Thapa, F/L A Tanwar, F/L S Mohanty, F/L MK Garg, WO KK Mishra, Sgt Anoop Kumar, Cpl Sherin, LAC SK Singh, LAC Pankaj, NC(E) Putali and NC(E) Rajesh Kumar.

Defence sources further stated that the causes and circumstances leading to the crash would be ascertained only after analyzing the black-box.

Family members all the 13 IAF personnel have been informed about the recovery.