New Delhi/Nagpur: An Indian Air Force (IAF) plane that is usually used for Cargo or transporting personnel has gone missing with 29 people on board over the Bay of Bengal in stormy weather.
The IAF’s AN-32 plane took off from Tambaram airport in Chennai at 8.30 am. for Port Blair in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands when it lost radar contact after just 15-20 minutes. Its estimated time of arrival in Port Blair was 11.30 am.
The Navy, the Coast Guard and the IAF have launched a joint search and rescue operation. Of the 29 people on board, six are crew members. Two were pilots.
The Navy’s has involved one P8I aircraft and one Donier aircraft and four ships — Karmukh, Gharial, Jyoti and Kuthar – for its search operations.