|An AN-32 plane|
And it was a big occasion for every stakeholder that was associated with it. Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) JJ Singh, Air Marshal S Varthaman, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command were present as the flight landed at the ground.
The Indian Air Force commenced its operations with Dakota and Otter in 1962, the year Chinese soldiers entered Arunachal. Subsequently, the role was transferred to AN-32 since 1984. This ALG was made up of Pierced Steel Plate sheets. But air maintenance operations had to be discontinued because of poor condition of the ALG. But the state PWD ministry and the Indian Air Force played a key role in renovating the runway and making air connectivity a reality.
As Vijaynagar is only accessible by air, the revival of this ALG will provide immense relief to the local population, Air Marshal S Varthaman said on the occasion.
The inaugural flight An-32 is a re-engined An-26 and is designed to withstand adverse weather conditions better than the standard An-26. This aircraft is a multi-purpose one with light military transport capacity and is often used in civil commercial flying too.