The broken carcass of the AN-26 involved in the PURULIA ARMS DROP CASE! flash back to 1995.....This Latvian registered a/c was involved in illegal arms droppings flights in the purulia district of west bengal on 17 December 1995.After the arms drop, the antonov
apparently escaped undetected. However on its return journey from phuket, thailand on dec21st 1995, yl-ldb arrived at chennai the same day at 8.45pm local time.
After refuelling, the antonov took off and headed west. however , mumbai atc became suspicious od delta bravos movement, as the arms dropping incident
was given wide publicity in the indian press, and consequently IAF MIG-21 jets of the nearby western command were scrambled to intercept the fleeing antonov.The a/c was forced to land at mumbai airport, and all the crew members were detained. However, the prime suspect, named Tim Davy, gave mumbai police
the slip, and has remained at large ever since. A round the clock vigil by the security guards has been maintained around the antonov since its seizure and a fuel bowser parked infront of the nose to prevent her escape .more than a year on the a/c appears to be going nowhere. In 2007, the mumbai airport authorities sold the broken carcass an26 to a calcutta based aviation school as an instructional airframe.
This shot has been scanned at a high resolution from an original film print.