Berhampur: Odia Flight Lieutenant Sunit Mohanty was aboard the ill-fated AN-32 transport aircraft of Indian Air Force (IAF) that went missing over Arunachal Pradesh Monday.
The 28-year-old pilot was part of the eight-member crew on the fateful day. There were total 13 fliers including eight crew members on board.
Flight Lieutenant Sunit is a son of former IAF employee Surendranath Mohanty of Baliapalli village under Kabisuryanagar block in Ganjam district. He had joined IAF back in 2012. He was the co-pilot of the missing plane.
His family members have gone to Assam after getting the news of the plane going untraced. Some officials including Eastern Air Command Air Marshal RD Mathur met and spoke with the family members after the incident.
Meanwhile, the joint operation by Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force is still on to trace the missing plane. But the inclement weather condition is said to be causing delays.
IAF’s AN-32 plane Monday took off from Jorhat in Assam and went missing while flying towards Mechuka in Arunachal Pradesh. Its connection with the control room got cut off at 12:30pm that day.