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Passengers on board AN-32 aircraft declared dead, IAF sends letter to families
The Indian Air Force has informed the families of those on board missing Antonov-32 aircraft that it was 'unlikely' that the missing members would have survived.
The aircraft, travelling from Chennai to Port Blair with 29 people including six crew members on board, had gone missing on 22nd July this year.
After a massive search and rescue operation (SAR) carried out in the Bay of Bengal for close to two months, the authorities have finally said that there were no chances of survival anymore.
The IAF has sent a letter titled 'Presumption of Demise' to the family members of those on board the aircraft.


The letter dated August mentioned that a Court of Inquiry was conducted to 'examine the available evidence and establish the possibilities of survival of the aircrew and passengers'.

The letter further said, "IAF spared no efforts whatsoever in trying to locate the aircraft and the missing personnel."

The inquiry was conducted by Air Force station at Sulur, and they said, "it is unlikely that the missing personnel on board the ill-fated aircraft would have survived the accident."

The IAF has requested the family members to sign the 'certificate of presumption of death' in order to begin legal proceedings for compensation.

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