SHILLONG, Sept 14 - The Indian Air Force (IAF) today announced a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh to 10 individuals who helped in locating the missing transport aircraft AN-32 on June 3 this year in Arunachal Pradesh.
All the 13 people who were onboard the Russian-origin aircraft had died in the crash.
Eastern Air Command Air Marshal RD Mathur will give away the reward at a function to be held on September 17 at Along in Arunachal Pradesh.
�These are the people who were directly or indirectly involved in the search operations that led to locating of the missing AN-32 in June earlier this year,� Defence spokesperson Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh said.
The IAF will felicitate 10 persons from various professions � from Deputy Commissioner to mountaineers and villagers.
On June 3, the Russian-origin AN-32 transporter took off from Assam�s Jorhat at 12.27 pm for the Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground in Arunachal Pradesh�s Shi-Yomi district bordering China. The aircraft lost contact with the ground staff at 1.30 pm.
The wreckage of the missing AN-32 aircraft with tail number K-2752 was spotted at Lipo after more than two weeks following the crash. � IANS