An An-32 transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force has gone missing over the Bay of Bengal at about 9:00 am on Friday morning. Efforts are on to locate the plane.
According to sources the aircraft got airborne from Tambaram in Chennai at 8:30 am in the morning with 29 passengers onboard including six crew.
“An IAF AN-32 aircraft travelling from Chennai to Port Blair on a courier flight with service personnel was scheduled to arrive at Port Blair at 1130 hrs and is overdue,” defence officials said.
With the aircraft long overdue at its destination, a full Search & Rescue is underway.
Indian Navy has launched one P8-I long range maritime patrol aircraft and one Dorniers aircraft to locate the missing plane.
“In addition four ships INS Karmukh, Gharual, Jyoti and Kuthar have been diverted to join in SAR at full speed,” Navy officials said. Additional Naval assets will be dispatched shorty.