An IAF plan is missing after it took off from Chennai on July 22 morning. The plane has 29 passengers on board.
After taking off from Tambaram Air Base near Chennai after 8am, the plane was proceeding to Port Blair. After 8.46am, the plane lost radar contact.
Carrying mostly service personnel, the AN-32’s estimated time of arrival in Port Blair was 11.30 am.
The last contact with the plane was 15 minutes after take-off. The aircraft has an emergency beacon locator, which gets activated if the plane crashes.
The Indian Air Force (IAF), Navy and Coast Guard have launched a massive search operation for the plane.
The Navy has sent surveillance aircraft to look for the missing plane in the Bay of Bengal. This apart, four ships namely, Karmukh, Gharial, Jyoti and Kuthar were diverted to the region to help in the search operation.
There are more than 100 AN-32s in service with the IAF. It is an aircraft that can fly for up to four hours without refueling.