Tributes poured in on social media for the 13 victims on board the AN-32 aircraft, which crashed in a remote area in Arunachal Pradesh, after the IAF Thursday said there were no survivors from the accident. The Indian Air Force announced the tragic news on Twitter in the afternoon.
The IAF, in one of its tweets, paid homage to the air warriors who perished in the crash of the Russian-origin transport aircraft that had gone missing on June 3 after taking off from an airbase in Assam's Jorhat. "IAF pays tribute to the brave air warriors who lost their life during the #An32 crash on 03 Jun 2019 and stands by with the families of the victims. May their soul rest in peace," the IAF tweeted.
Soon tributes started pouting in on social media from all quarters, politicians to citizens. The Congress said the nation will always be indebted to the valour and service of the 13 air warriors.
"Our deepest condolences & tributes to the families of the brave @IAF_MCC members who lost their lives in the AN - 32 aircraft. The nation will always be indebted to their valour & service," the party tweeted. Congress president Rahul Gandhi also expressed his condolences and said the country shall remain indebted for their valiant contributions.
"For over 10 days India has hoped & prayed that our 13 Air-Warriors on the missing IAF #AN32 were safe. Sadly, it is now confirmed that all 13 have perished in a crash. My deepest condolences to the families of our 13 brave men in uniform. You are in my thoughts & prayers," Gandhi tweeted. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also to paid tribute to the air-warriors.
In his tweet in Hindi, he also paid homage to Putali, one of the two non-combatants who died in the crash. "My heartfelt condolences to the air warriors of the IAF who lost their lives in the AN-32 crash and my tribute to Lucknow's Putali too...," he tweeted.
The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and the NCP also joined in paying tribute to the victims. "Our heartfelt tributes to the 13 IAF air-warriors who lost their lives in the #AN32 crash. May their soul rest in peace," read the tweet on the AIMIM's official Twitter account.
National Spokesperson, NCP, Nawab Malik, tweeted, "In the unfortunate incident of the missing AN 32 aircraft,13 Indian Air Force personnel were martyred. Humble tribute to the brave hearts and condolences to their families. #An32 #AN32Aircraft #IAF #AirForce #Jaihind #NCP @NCPspeaks". Various people also expressed their condolences and paid tribute to the air warriors.
"IAF AN 32 - no survivors ... RIP Hope that Indian team observes a 2 min silence today before the match & pay their tribute," tweeted @avmcwi. India was slated to take on New Zealand in a match on Thursday in the ongoing cricket world cup in England, but it was washed out owing to rains.
"Heartfelt tribute to those air-warriors of India who observed martyrdom in An-32 crash," tweeted another user, @IsatyakP. All 13 people on board the AN-32 aircraft are dead, the IAF said after a team of rescuers searched the wreckage of the plane in a heavily forested mountainous terrain Thursday.
The wreckage was spotted by an IAF chopper Tuesday at a height of 12,000 feet near Gatte village on the border of Siang and Shi-Yomi districts after eight days of a massive search operation involving a fleet of aircraft and choppers as well as ground forces. Flags of Honour foundation also took to Twitter to pay tribute to the victims and also shared a picture of an IAF aircraft in flight along with the names of the 13 persons who died.
"Our heartfelt tributes to the 13 #Braveheart #AirWarriors who lost their lives in the #IndianAirForce AN 32 air crash at #ArunachalPradesh on 03 June 2019. #RememberAndNeverForget their service & sacrifice #ServingOurNation @IAF_MCC," it said. Srinivas B V, Indian Youth Congress's national vice president, also paid his respect.
"An unfortunate and heartbreaking news. I pay my tribute to all 13 air warriors we lost at the An 32 crash. My deepest condolences to all family members and loved ones. May God give them strength in their time of grief," he tweeted. Another Twitter user, @LawyerSoni, wrote, "#An32 @IAF_MCC Sad that there are no survivors from the crash of An32 on 3rd June. 13 #IAF have died. High #tribute."
"Very sad news. Tribute to brave men. Can IAF ensure that each of these brave lost during crash and not due to waiting for rescues. Let the post-mortem reveal the truth, so that it will be lesson learn for future," tweeted @NandekarPatil.
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