New Delhi, June 13 -- The first team for search and rescue operation reached the AN-32 transport aircraft crash site in Arunachal Pradesh on Wednesday with the mandate to look for possible survivors, remains and secure them besides locate the black box which will enable the IAF to establish the cause of mishap.

There were 13 passengers on board the ill-fated plane which took off from Jorhat, Assam for Mechuka advanced landing ground in Arunachal Pradesh and went missing on June 3. The wreckage was spotted on Tuesday.

Having reached the wreckage site, the team will camp for the night and begin the salvage operation on Thursday as it could not get close to the site on Wednesday due to inclement weather and terrain.

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