The wreckage of the Indian Air Force An-32 aircraft that went missing with 13 persons on board on June 3 has been spotted near Lipo in Arunachal Pradesh.

The wreckage has been spotted 16 kliomtres north of Lipo of northeast Tato in the state by a Mi-17 helicopter of the Indian Air Force.

Efforts are now continuing to establish the status of occupants and establish survivors, said a defence spokesperson.

Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets and C-130J transport planes had been searching for the aircraft, ND TV reported

Teams from the Army, Navy and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) troops, supported by night-time sensors, worked through the night. The Air Force said the search area had been expanded despite challenges posed by vegetation, inhospitable terrain and poor weather.

The plane was traveling from Jorhat in Assam to a remote military landing strip in Mechuka in Arunachal Pradesh when it vanished from the radar around 1 pm.

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