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Black Box of AN-32 aircraft recovered

delhi Updated: Jun 18, 2009 17:26 IST

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Indian Air Force (IAF) on Thursday said it has recovered the Black Box of the AN-32 transport aircraft that crashed on June 9 in Arunachal Pradesh killing 13 armed forces personnel on board.

"The Black Box, which was recovered last night, has been taken to Jorhat airbase in Assam for carrying out analysis," IAF sources said here.

"If the analysis facility in Jorhat is not able to decode the Black Box, it will then be taken to the nearest base repair depot where the process will be carried out," sources added.

The IAF's workhorse cargo airplane had crashed killing seven Air Force men and six Army personnel who were on board after it took off from Mechuka advanced landing ground in Upper Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh.

The aircraft, which belonged to a transport squadron in Jorhan, was flying to Mohanbari in Assam when the mishap occurred.

It took almost 24 hours for the state police, para-military and IAF personnel to search and locate the crash site.

The Ukraine built AN-32s were acquired by India in 1984 and currently IAF operates five squadrons of around 100 aircraft of this make. The AN-32s have the capability to carry 20 tonnes of cargo or 40 fully armed forces personnel.