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Pilot’s wife was on ATC duty when IAF AN-32 went missing

New Delhi | Flight Lieutenant Ashish Tanwar is one of the 13 missing persons when the IAF AN-32 aircraft went missing in Arunachal Pradesh.

It is a tragic incident, but for Sandhya, it got worse because she had to experience it up close.

Sandhya Tanwar, wife of Ashish Tanwar, also an IAF officer, was reportedly on the Air Traffic Control (ATC) when the dramatic events unfolded in the afternoon of June 3.

Sandhya was on duty when the flight took off from the base at 12.25 pm for the advanced landing ground at Mechuka in Arunachal Pradesh.

Flight Lieutenant Ashish’s uncle Udaivir Singh told The Indian Express that Sandhya had informed the family about the incident one hour after it happened.

At Ashish’s home in Palwal’s HUDA Sector 2 in Haryana, his uncle said, “Initially we were hopeful that may be the aircraft crossed over to China and managed to make an emergency landing, but even in that case, those on board would have made some contact by now. If they have crashed in the hills…”

Meanwhile, the army has engaged manpower and technology to track its missing airplane, including ISRO satellites.

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